Democratic Presidential frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the 9:30am service of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson on Sunday, March 8th.
No further details have been made available for the public as of yet.
Biden’s attendance at the primarily black church follows his Super Tuesday wins across other Southern states where black voters buoyed the former Delaware U.S. Senator to the top of the Democrat pack.
In September 2019, ten members of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus announced their endorsement of Biden.
They were State Senators Barbara Blackmon, John Horhn, Sollie Norwood, Derrick Simmons, and Angela Turner-Ford, along with State Representatives Chris Bell, Edward Blackmon, Cedric Burnett, Carl Mickens and Kenneth Walker.
Until now, Biden has not shown the State of Mississippi much attention this cycle and has had very little in terms of a “ground game”.
Biden’s last remaining hurdle before claiming the nomination is Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders’ campaign has announced that he will be in state this Friday, March 6th, to deliver remarks in Jackson at the Two Mississippi Museums, home to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Doors open at 1:30pm with the event slated to begin at 2:30pm.
The public is invited to attend but entrance is granted on a first come, first served basis.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is expected to attend the event after endorsing Sanders last week. Lumumba is the only elected official in Mississippi of any note to endorse Sanders.