TRUMP IN JACKSON
Donald Trump is appealing to African American and Hispanic voters while campaigning in Mississippi -- a state polling strongly in his favor. Speaking to a predominately white audience at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson last night, Trump talked about the high unemployment rates among black youth, poverty and broken homes. Trump says the Democratic party has taken the African American vote for granted. He says voters have nothing to lose by choosing him. Some have criticized Trump for not reaching out sooner. A national NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Trump with six percent of the African American vote. Some polls have him as low as one percent.
NAACP PRESIDENT REACTS TO TRUMP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in recent days has added new rhetoric to his campaign stops. The billionaire businessman has spoken directly to African Americans from the podium -- telling them the Democratic Party has failed them -- and they have nothing to lose by voting for him. In the studio this morning to talk about this outreach is Derrick Johnson -- State President of the NAACP. Welcome, Mr. Johnson.
Jesmyn Ward is an author and DeLisle native. She won the National Book Award in 2011 for her second novel -- Salvage The Bones. In her latest work -- The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race -- Ward edited several essays and poems from herself and other authors on the current state of race relations in America. In today's Book Club, she tells MPB's Evelina Burnett the collection will hold many surprises for readers. The conversation was recorded outside Pass Christian Books recently.