Clinton: Working for Children’s Defense Fund ‘Lit a Fire’ in Me About ‘Systemic Racism’
CLINTON: "Let me go answer Mr. McGhee's question because I think it's a profound one. I think the most important that happened to me was a combination of my church and youth minister when I was a teenager insisting that we go in to inner city Chicago because I lived in a suburb and have exchanges with kids and black and Hispanic churches and be a baby-sitter of immigrant workers and hear Dr. King speak in Chicago when I was about 14 years old. That got me thinking about what I needed to do to try to fulfill my faith. When I was in law school, I had the opportunity to mead a visionary woman who worked with Dr. King who was the first African-American woman who passed the Mississippi bar. I asked her for a job and she said she didn't have any money. She said if I could get myself paid, she would give me a job. I got a council grant. The first thing she did was send me to look at South Carolina to investigate juveniles being sent to adult jails and investigate segregated academies. I am so grateful for my experiences as a very young woman driven by my church and my experiences working for the children's defense fund which have given me some insight and have lit a fire inside me to do everything I can to address systemic racing."