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ICYMI: Vice President Harris Honors the Life and Legacy of Joe Madison

February 04, 2024

During an interview with The Clay Cane Show, the Vice President reflected on her memories of Joe Madison and shared how his wisdom had inspired her for many years.

[Listen to the Full Interview Here]

ORANGEBURG, SC – Vice President Kamala Harris called into The Clay Cane Show on Friday to pay her respects to civil rights advocate and long-time radio host Joe Madison who passed away on Thursday at the age of 74. The Vice President offered her condolences to Joe's loved ones, honored his life and legacy, and reflected on her memories of him. She also shared how he had consistently inspired her over the course of many years.

"Whenever there was a moment in terms of what was happening in our country, that was a significant moment, an inflection moment, I always talked with Joe Madison," said Vice President Harris. "He would always be able to, in the conversation, remind us all about the history on an issue. He always had a perspective that is a reflection of the voice of the people."

While reflecting on their relationship, the Vice President shared that Joe was one of her very first interviews after being sworn in as a Senator – becoming only the second Black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. She also noted her admiration for Joe's spirit of optimism, his championing of voting rights, and how he always challenged people to respond to challenging moments by asking of themselves, "what are you going to do about it?" Vice President Harris concluded her interview by calling on everyone across America to "fight for progress" through the ballot box.

The Vice President's full interview is available here, and her message about Joe's passing can be read here.

Kamala Harris, ICYMI: Vice President Harris Honors the Life and Legacy of Joe Madison Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/369597

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