Hillary Rodham Clinton made her first stops in Missouri as a 2016 presidential candidate yesterday, including attending a forum at the Christ the King Church of Christ near Ferguson, Mo. The municipality was rocked by last year's tragic unrest following the fatal shooting of unarmed African American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Given the setting and last week's slaying of nine people at an historic black church in Charleston by a white supremacist, the former FLOTUS, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State continued to address "the hard truths" about race in this country.

“Despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished,” Clinton said “We can’t hide from hard truths about race and justice. We have to name them, own them and change them."

“That night word of the killings struck like a blow to the soul,” Clinton said of Charleston. “How do we make sense of such an evil act? An act of racist terrorism, perpetrated in a house of God?”

The Democratic frontrunner spoke to the capacity crowd for about 20 minutes before participating in a panel discussion and fielding written questions submitted by audience members.

A longtime advocate for LGBT equality, Clinton released a new video today celebrating marriage equality. The video, titled "Equal," shows various moments, including a same-sex couple exchanging their wedding vows and another gay couple preparing for their marriage ceremony.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected weigh in on the constitutionality of state same-sex marriage bans any day now.





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