PHILADELPHIA (WNCN) – North Carolina’s delegates were able to witness Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech Thursday night first hand.
Clinton is now officially the first woman to be nominated for the presidency by a major party.
“Hillary has grit and she has grace,” said Northampton County delegate Erica Smith-Ingram.
Cabarrus County delegate Thiery Wernaers said Thursday night showed why the Democratic party is the party of the future.
“Another glass ceiling broken. Another opportunity for inclusion. Another opportunity for those that may not have been able to serve before to serve in the future,” said Sen. Floyd McKissick.
Thursday featured two speakers from North Carolina.
Rev. William Barber and Greensboro teacher Dave Wils.
Barber delivered a fiery speech that energized the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
“I say to you tonight, there are some issues that are not left versus right or liberal versus conservative but right versus wrong,” Barber said. “We are being called on to be the moral defibrillators of our time.”
Wils spoke of the struggles he and his wife face due to their student loans.
“Life feels like we are running on a treadmill. No matter how hard we try, we can’t get ahead,” Wils said.
Wils concluded by supporting Clinton for president.
“She is going to make college debt free for all.”
Clinton’s nomination reminded North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall of a time in the Tar Heel State 20 years ago.
“I think I felt what Hillary is feeling, only on a lesser, lower level,” Marshall said.
In 1996, she was elected secretary of state, the first woman elected to a statewide executive office in North Carolina
“It is amazing. Today, every day, folks come up to me and thank me for opening doors for their daughters, showing the way, treating with kindness,” Marshall said.
While North Carolina’s delegates are excited about the history, they also have an eye toward to the future.
“This is truly a watermark moment in American history. Not only that but in the history of North Carolina about how we take this state. Do we take it progressively or do we regress back to the days of intolerance and hate?” said Charlotte delegate Rodney Moore.
Delegates said they will take the energy from Thursday and the entire convention back to North Carolina.