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Winston Groat attended Hillary’s event in Atlanta this week and sent along this commentary, photos, and article. Thanks, Winston!

This week, Hillary appeared in Atlanta to speak about her book and our country’s future.  I attended the event along with 4,000 other like minded, energetic individuals.

I’ve never spent a more positive, uplifting and exhilarating evening!   The Fox Theatre roared with applause and energy throughout the night as she spoke.

The moderator used a question I submitted to close out the evening and say thank you for coming to Atlanta:
“May I give you a hug to thank you for your many years of service to our country and your continued leadership & inspiration”….

Hillary glowed as she waived goodbye to the crowd.

Winston Groat
Atlanta GA


Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the Democratic wave in last week’s elections was a sign that the “fever is breaking and the tide is turning” after her stunning defeat by Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton said Monday that the Democratic victories in statewide elections in New Jersey and Virginia, along with down-ballot gains in Georgia and elsewhere, were a “resounding affirmation of America’s best values.”

“None of that would have happened if people got discouraged and decided to give up on politics last November,” she said during her stop in Atlanta as part of a 16-city nationwide book tour.

“You’ve got some important elections next year in Georgia,” she said. “Get involved in whatever way feels right for you. But don’t give up.”

The crowd of more than 4,000 welcomed Clinton with a roar of applause, and it cheered even louder when she said her days of being guarded about what she says in public “are over.”

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Hillary made a quick trip to Atlanta for a campaign event to support local initialives, including the issue of private schools in Atlanta, etc. She was greeted enthusiastically at the rally and also at a cafe where she stopped off for a bit.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton steps on stage for a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton steps on stage for a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton casts a shadow while speaking at a campaign event under the security of the secret service at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton casts a shadow while speaking at a campaign event under the security of the secret service at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

From left, Tanisha Weaver, Karla Johnson and Pamela Carter watch as Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

From left, Tanisha Weaver, Karla Johnson and Pamela Carter watch as Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

An audience member at right photo bombs a selfie with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she greets the crowd at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

An audience member at right photo bombs a selfie with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she greets the crowd at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with an audience member's phone as she greets the crowd at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with an audience member’s phone as she greets the crowd at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets the crowd at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets the crowd at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton poses for a selfie with an audience member as she greets the crowd at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton poses for a selfie with an audience member as she greets the crowd at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton steps on stage with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton steps on stage with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears at a campaign rally at the Old City Council Chambers in Atlanta City Hall in Georgia February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears at a campaign rally at the Old City Council Chambers in Atlanta City Hall in Georgia February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

RE-FILING CLARIFYING LOCATION OF PHOTO Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes selfies with people during a campaign stop at Atlanta City Hall in Atlanta, Georgia February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

RE-FILING CLARIFYING LOCATION OF PHOTO Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes selfies with people during a campaign stop at Atlanta City Hall in Atlanta, Georgia February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Carrie Elzey is reflected in a coffee machine as she makes a cappuccino for Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, rear center, on a visit to Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Carrie Elzey is reflected in a coffee machine as she makes a cappuccino for Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, rear center, on a visit to Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is seen at the Octane coffee shop during a campaign stop in Atlanta City Hall in Atlanta, Georgia February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is seen at the Octane coffee shop during a campaign stop in Atlanta City Hall in Atlanta, Georgia February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters after a forum at Denmark-Olar Elementary School in Denmark, South Carolina, in this February 12, 2016 file photo. Clinton is poised to win big over the U.S. Senator from Vermont in South Carolina's primary contest on Saturday, in part because of her outsized support among the state's rural black poor - a bloc that Sanders has struggled to impress. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters after a forum at Denmark-Olar Elementary School in Denmark, South Carolina, in this February 12, 2016 file photo. Clinton is poised to win big over the U.S. Senator from Vermont in South Carolina’s primary contest on Saturday, in part because of her outsized support among the state’s rural black poor – a bloc that Sanders has struggled to impress. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, left, greets a patron while visiting Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, left, greets a patron while visiting Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton greets workers while ordering a cappuccino on a visit to Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton greets workers while ordering a cappuccino on a visit to Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, greets Laura Ulep and her son Grady, 15-months, of Atlanta, while visiting Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, greets Laura Ulep and her son Grady, 15-months, of Atlanta, while visiting Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets workers Whitney Gomez, right, Michael Harrell, left, and Sarah O'Brien, center, while visiting Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets workers Whitney Gomez, right, Michael Harrell, left, and Sarah O’Brien, center, while visiting Octane Coffee, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

And Matt Harris was there!!!!

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The Honorable John Lewis and and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed were the hosts at Clark Atlanta University today for the launch of African Americans for Hillary.  Lewis introduced Hillary whose presentation was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, talks with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as they wait to be introduced backstage at a campaign event for Clinton at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, talks with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as they wait to be introduced backstage at a campaign event for Clinton at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Protesters interrupt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Protesters interrupt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Protesters at right interrupt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta in Atlanta, University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Protesters at right interrupt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta in Atlanta, University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at “African Americans for Hillary” rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton steps away from the podium as she concludes her speech during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton steps away from the podium as she concludes her speech during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts next to U.S. Congressman John Lewis (L) before speaking at the "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts next to U.S. Congressman John Lewis (L) before speaking at the “African Americans for Hillary” rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the "African Americans for Hillary" rally as protesters from "Black Lives Matter" interrupt her speech at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the “African Americans for Hillary” rally as protesters from “Black Lives Matter” interrupt her speech at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., step onstage during a campaign event for Clinton at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., step onstage during a campaign event for Clinton at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks over protesters interrupting her during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks over protesters interrupting her during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Supporters of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton yell back as protestors from "Black Lives Matter" interrupt her speech at an "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Supporters of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton yell back as protestors from “Black Lives Matter” interrupt her speech at an “African Americans for Hillary” rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at “African Americans for Hillary” rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts next to U.S. Congressman John Lewis (L) before speaking at an "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts next to U.S. Congressman John Lewis (L) before speaking at an “African Americans for Hillary” rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

A protestor (L) from "Black Lives Matter" is confronted during the speech of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at an "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

A protestor (L) from “Black Lives Matter” is confronted during the speech of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at an “African Americans for Hillary” rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

A protestor from "Black Lives Matter" is removed during the speech of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at an "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

A protestor from “Black Lives Matter” is removed during the speech of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at an “African Americans for Hillary” rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton receives support from U.S. Congressman John Lewis (2nd R) and Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed (R) as she is interrupted by protesters at the "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton receives support from U.S. Congressman John Lewis (2nd R) and Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed (R) as she is interrupted by protesters at the “African Americans for Hillary” rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia October 30 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

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Friend —

When I set off to march across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago, I did so with the knowledge that I might not come back alive.

But I also knew that what we were trying to accomplish was vital to holding on to the promise of our country: that every person, regardless of race, had a say in their government.

I could never have guessed that in the year 2015, I’d be fighting essentially the same fight all over again.

While Republican candidates keep insisting that there isn’t a problem, Hillary Clinton has committed to turning the tide in favor of expanding voting rights for all Americans. That’s why I’m proud to be a part of this week’s launch of African Americans for Hillary — and I hope you’ll join me.

I was proud to hear Hillary reaffirm her commitment to protecting voting rights in Alabama recently at the Alabama Democratic Conference Convention — as well as to reforming our criminal justice system and advocating for funding for historically black colleges and universities.

I look forward to fighting for her the way she’s fighting for all of us. That starts right here, when you stand with her.

African Americans for Hillary is a group of supporters making that commitment right now — because we know how important Hillary’s campaign is to our values and our communities. Will you join me?

 

Join African Americans for Hillary

 

Thank you,

John Lewis

An event in Atlanta will formalize the launch.

Hillary Clinton to attend African Americans for Hillary event in Atlanta

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Atlanta to launch African Americans for Hillary at a grass roots event on the Clark Atlanta University campus next week.

At the event, Clinton will lay out how she plans to address issues important to the African American community in Atlanta and across the nation over the course of her campaign.

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