During what some have called one of the best speeches of his professional and political career, New Jersey senator Cory Booker highlighted a pervasive African proverb to exclaim the importance of unity in America at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Monday evening in Philadelphia.
The celebrity caliber politico said, This understanding of love is embodied in the African saying: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.’ I believe it’s a referendum on who best embodies the leadership we need to go far, together, he said. Booker alleged his support to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee, billionaire businessman Donald Trump.
In delivering a fire and brimstone speech to thousands of delegates at the Wells Fargo Center in the City of Brotherly Love, and millions more on television, Internet and radio, Booker seldom flinched and never wavered and repeatedly brought thousands of convention attendees to their feet throughout a passionately political, yet preacher-imbued speech. He said, Here in Philadelphia, let us declare again that we will be a free people, he said. Free from fear and intimidation and that in America love always trumps hate.
Booker, 47, served as mayor of Newark–New Jersey’s biggest and most ethnically diverse city between 2006 and 2013. He rose to national prominence during his tenure as leader of the Brick City and became a social media darling garnering more than one million Twitter followers and high profile celebrity friends, including Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. Booker is currently the junior senator in the Garden State. He is a longtime advocate of small business and entrepreneurship and credited with bringing state-of-the-art high tech equipment to the Brick City during his tenure; offering tax incentives to businesses that set up shop in Newark and employ disenfranchised workers; and offering grants to small business owners to refurbish their properties. Hes done it all in spite of frequent clashes with an uncompromising and combative city council.