In New Orleans, Harris will participate in a fireside conversation with actress Keke Palmer to discuss some of the “most critical issues facing Black women, including the implications for the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe,” said the White House official previewing Harris’ schedule first to CNN. Harris will also meet privately with reproductive rights activists while in New Orleans, the official said.
This upcoming appearance at one of the largest African American culture celebrations in the country also gives the nation’s first female and Black vice president chance to rally voters who helped elevate her and President Joe Biden to the White House in 2020.
Democrats hope abortion rights will galvanize voters heading into the midterm elections, but it’s unclear how big of an impact the issue will have in November as concerns over the economy and inflation have remained at the top of voters’ minds.
Some 80% of Black Americans in that same Quinnipiac poll said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. And 82% of Black respondents said they generally agreed with the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide.
The White House is also dispatching other top administration officials, including EPA Administrator Michael Regan, OMB Director Shalanda Young, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu, to discuss economic and equity issues. Other Democratic messengers, like Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison, will speak at the weekend-long festival.