Black Twitter may not have been feeling Hillary Clinton’s surprise appearance at this year’s Black Girls Rock! award show, but the organization’s founder, DJ Beverley Bond thinks the former Secretary of State didn’t just show up to pander to Black voters.
“I can’t speak for other places and spaces she’s been to, but I think she sincerely wanted to be a part of what we were doing with Black Girls Rock!,” Bond said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “She’s also a very good friend of the network president, and she has a lot of women of color who are supportive of her and that are in her cabinet and that work with her.”
When it comes to the election, Bond hopes candidates focus on education, prison reform, and increasing opportunities for women–all things Clinton mentioned during her appearance.
“The entire world knows what you know, and that is, Black girls rock. Black women are change makers and path makers and ground shakers,” Clinton told the crowd back in April.
— BET (@BET) April 6, 2016
“There are still a lot of barriers holding back African Americans and Black women in particular, so a gathering like this filled with so many powerful, strong women is a rebuke to every single one of those barriers.”
If she becomes the Democratic nominee, Clinton will need Black voters, and particularly Black women, to support her in the fall.