10:31 pm
27 October 2016

“We need a civil rights agenda for our time,” Trump courts black voters

At a black church in Detroit, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called Saturday for a “civil rights agenda for our time” that would deliver better education, good-paying jobs and and safer streets to inner-city neighborhoods.

Mr. Trump touted his effort to bring economic and social justice to minority but also stressed the need to restore Christian values and forge racial unity, as he reached out to minority voters who historically vote as a Democratic bloc.

The New York businessman said that it was the greatest honor his his life to be the presidential nominee of the party of Abraham Lincoln.


The Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump dons a prayer shawl given to him by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson at a service at the Great Faith Ministries International church in Detroit on Saturday.

“It is on his legacy that I hope to build the future of the party but more importantly the future of the country and the community,” Mr. Trump said from the pulpit of Great Faith Ministries Church. “I believe we need a civil rights agenda for our time, one that ensures the rights to a great education — so important — and the right to live in safety and peace, to have a really, really great job, good-paying job and one you love to go to every morning.”

“It can happen,” he assured the congregation, which warmly received the address despite protesters outside who denounced Mr. Trump as racist.

Before the service, Mr. Trump sat for a videotaped interview with the church’s pastor, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson. The interview will by broadcast Thursday on the church’s Impact Television Network.