Following his win in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., made a breakfast date at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem with the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Former NAACP leader Benjamin Jealous is also expected to be attending the breakfast. Jealous gave his endorsement to Sanders last week.
Sylvia’s Restaurant seems to be a favorite meeting place for Sharpton and presidential hopefuls.
The Daily Beast reported that, in 2008, the reverend met with then-Senator Barack Obama at Sylvia’s Restaurant.
Sanders realizes that, in order to win the Democratic nomination and defeat rival Hillary Clinton, he will need to find a way to garner more support from African American voters.
Coming from a state that is 95 percent white, Sanders has understood from the beginning that it will be a struggle to gain the minority vote.
Sanders currently enjoys support from high profile African American leaders such as Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner and the aforementioned Jealous, as well as rapper Kike Miller.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Sharpton said, “I think (the Democratic candidates) have dealt with the reality that if people are going to address issues, they will have to address them with the people involved with the issues. You cannot appoint our leaders for us.”
According to Sharpton, an endorsement from him will not guarantee the nomination; however, the candidates cannot secure the nomination unless they reach out to black voters of every age.
“We are not monolithic. (The candidates) have to talk to us trans-generationally,” he said.