By: Paige Hubbard
New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker announced his run for the 2020 presidential election Friday morning. Booker decided to make his announcement on the first day of black history month, which sheds a light on his own culture and background.
Booker released a video on his website in which he speaks about being the only Senator who goes home to an inner-city community and how the struggles he and his family faced because the color of their skin, motivated him to get into politics.
“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it,” Booker narrates in a video released on Friday morning, which shows him walking through his Newark neighborhood.
Booker is the is the youngest amongst his Senator colleagues in the race at 49 years of age. Another interesting fact about him is that he is vegan and unmarried. Booker gained popularity while he was Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.
Many people have characterized him to be “charismatic” and “ambitious. He considers himself to be a social liberal and heavily supports women’s right, affirmative action, and same-sex marriage as well as affordable health care.
“In America, we have a common pain, but what we’re lacking is a sense of common purpose,” Booker states in the opening statement of his announcement video.
Booker received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University. He then studied abroad at the University of Oxford before attending Yale Law School.
He once went on a 10-day hunger strike and briefly lived in a tent to bring major attention to urban development issues in the city. In 2009, he was offered a leadership position of the new White House Office of Urban Affairs, he declined the offer due to a prior commitment to Newark.
“I’m Cory Booker and I’m running for president of the United States of America,” he says in the video.
To learn more about Cory Booker, or to get involved with his campaign, visit his website at https://corybooker.com/