Clinton speaks at Charleston NAACP banquet Friday night

VIDEO: Clinton speaks at Charleston NAACP banquet Friday night

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the keynote speaker for the Charleston NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Friday night.

Security inside the North Charleston Convention Center conducted a sweep through the area Friday afternoon before Clinton's arrival for the 7 p.m. event.

Clinton is no stranger to the Charleston Chapter of the NAACP; she made an appearance at the organization's annual banquet in 2007. During that time she was vying for the presidency reaching out to voters here as well.

Members of the chapter say they are excited to have here because they have a similar message.

This NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet is the primary fundraiser for the branch, but it's also a celebration of its work for social justice in the community. Both members and non-members are to purchase tickets to attend.

The room was filled with local and national leaders. The organization also awarded those who have made strides in the community.

Clinton thanked the chapter for its responsiveness and commitment for being a changing force in this city. Clinton talked about how she wants to improve gun control, create a balance where law enforcement and citizens respect each other among other things. She also said she wants to create opportunities to make it more accessible for people to get their education.

"The NAACP does know what to do... keep fighting, keep moving, keep working towards a better day," says Clinton. "That's how we honor those who were lost and we prepare the way for those yet to come."

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