Day 2: Speeches from the Democratic National Convention

WASHINGTON — Speakers from Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia included former U.S. President Bill Clinton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and actress Meryl Streep.

Hillary Clinton sent a short video message that closed the second day of the convention and said, “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.”

A full schedule of Tuesday’s events can be seen here. The description of the day’s theme is provided by the Democratic Party. Unless otherwise stated, biographical information has also been provided by the Democratic Party.

The complete Tuesday evening program can be found here.

View speeches from other nights of the convention at the links below.

Theme: A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families

Tuesday will feature the roll call vote and how Hillary has spent her entire career working to make a difference for children, families, and our country. The Mothers of the Movement participating include Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland.

Headlining speakers

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from the White House’s website.) Bill Clinton is an American politician from Arkansas who served as the 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001). He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first baby-boomer generation President.

Mothers of the Movement
Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland.

Additional speakers

Video message from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and the Democratic Women of the House
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from Pelosi’s House website.) Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history.

Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and DNC chair

Meryl Streep, actress

America Fererra and Lena Dunham, actresses

Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general

Donna Brazile, Democratic National Committee vice chair of voter registration and participation
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from Brazile’s website.) Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

Elizabeth Banks, actress

Principal, students from Eagle Academy, New York, NY
As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City. Eagle Academy was featured in the ad Came Through during the New York primary.

Cameron McLay, Pittsburgh chief of police

President Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Action Fund 
(This is an excerpt of a bio from Planned Parenthood’s website.) As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ms. Richards leads a movement that has worked for nearly 100 years to build a healthier and safer world for women and teens. Every year, approximately 700 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers nationwide provide health care services to 2.7 million patients, and sex education to more than one million people. 

Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, South Carolina

Lauren Manning, New York, NY
Lauren was a former executive and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. She is one of the most catastrophically wounded survivors of 9/11. Lauren battled single digit odds of survival, spending more than six months in the hospital and fought recovering through the next decade from an 82.5% total body burn. Lauren asked then Senator Hillary Clinton to support the injured and she has remained unflagging in her commitment and dedication.

Joseph Crowley, U.S. Representative

Joe Sweeney, New York, NY
Joe was a detective with the NYPD on September 11, 2001. When the towers were hit, he rushed down to the World Trade Center and began digging through the rubble for survivors.

Amy Klobuchar, U.S. senator

Ima Matul
Sex trafficking survivor and advocate

Ryan Moore, South Sioux City, NE
Ryan has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism and has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when his family came to Washington, DC for an event to advocate for health care reform. Brian Moore, Ryan’s father, lost his job when his employer was unwilling to cover treatment for Ryan’s health condition. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.

Erika Alexander, actress

Tony Goldwyn, actor

Jelani Freeman, Washington, DC
Jelani grew up in foster care and is a former intern in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Since receiving his law degree, he has worked to bring opportunity to kids at risk.

Thaddeus Desmond, Philadelphia, PA
Similar to Hillary’s work at the Children’s Defense Fund, Thaddeus is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia.

Dynah Haubert, Philadelphia, PA
Dynah is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization and teaches those with disabilities to advocate for themselves.

Kate Burdick, Philadelphia, PA
Kate is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.

Anton Moore, Philadelphia, PA
Anton founded and runs a nonprofit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence.

Dustin Parsons, Little Rock, AR
Dustin is currently a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Arkansas.

Daniele and Mark Mellott
Daniele and Mark Mellott’s adoption of their son was made possible through the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act that Hillary championed as First Lady.

Former Georgia State Senator Jason Carter
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from the Georgia State Senate website.) Senator Jason Carter was elected to the Georgia Senate on May 11, 2010. In his professional career, Jason is an attorney at the business litigation firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP. In addition to his business practice, he has received numerous awards for his pro-bono efforts and leadership within the bar.

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