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Long before she served as a United States senator, Hillary Clinton’s commitment to public service took root inside the walls of her childhood Methodist church. As a high school student in Illinois, Clinton began to learn that faith must be lived out through a lens of social justice and human rights. Upon first hearing Martin Luther King Jr. when he visited Chicago in 1962, Clinton began to see the social and racial struggles that were taking places throughout the United States.As a minister trained in both law and theology, I see in Secretary Clinton a fighter for the marginalized, a voice for the struggling, and a comforter for the overburdened.

Secretary Clinton has also come to be one of our nation’s greatest advocates for my generation, the millennials.As senator, Hillary Clinton fought to expand college affordability by introducing legislation to boost awareness of student financial aid through outreach programs. She also fought to restore the Bush administration’s cuts to Pell Grants, and co- sponsored legislation to establish centers on college campuses to assist veterans.

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Some days the best I could do was rush. Interstate 40, the highway that runs east to west through North Carolina, became a second home during the afternoons that I left Civil Procedure and made my way to the state capital for Democratic Party meetings. Balancing the workload of a law student with the demands of public service is not an easy task; it is, however, one that far too few attempt.

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