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Bernie Sanders and Al Sharpton Met in Harlem and Discussed These Important Issues

Bernie Sanders and Al Sharpton Met in Harlem and Discussed These Important Issues

Upon winning the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders stopped in Harlem Wednesday to meet with Rev. Al Sharpton for breakfast at Sylvia's Restaurant, the famous soul food destination.

Published February 11, 2016

Upon winning the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders stopped in Harlem Wednesday to meet with Rev. Al Sharpton for breakfast at Sylvia's Restaurant, the famous soul food destination.

"I think it is very important that he sent the signal that on the morning after a historic victory... he would come to Harlem and have breakfast with me," Sharpton said, according to the Associated Press.

The symbolic meeting brought together a presidential candidate who has spoke openly about the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement and racial issues, with one of the most outspoken activists for issues related to African-Americans for generations.

The two leaders spoke about police brutality, the water disaster in Flint and affirmative action, according to the Associated Press.

Sanders is continuing to push forth in gathering strong support from Black voters. He previously sat for a conversation with rapper Killer Mike at his barbershop, The Swag Shop. Sanders also met with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2015.

Sanders recently issued a campaign ad featuring Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, who was held in a chokehold by a NYPD officer and died. His famous words, "I can't breathe," became the words repeated at protests against police brutality nationwide in 2015.

In the ad called "It's Not Over," Garner said she is supporting Sanders because he too is a protester.  

"I'm behind anyone whose going to listen and speak up for us and I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders," said Garner. 


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