ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Democratic presidential candidates including Bernie Sanders, John Hickenlooper, Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris were some of the many 2020 candidates who spoke at Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network in New York City on Friday.
Bernie Sanders drew a sharp personal contrast on Friday with what he called President Donald Trump's racist policies.
Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, told a crowd of African-American activists that his push for economic equality, including universal healthcare, free public college and a higher minimum wage, would help ease the country's racial wealth gap.
Sanders was one of seven Democrats who spoke to the conference on Friday.
Five others in the growing Democratic 2020 White House field appeared at the conference earlier in the week.
The candidates have backed an array of policies to close the racial gap in economic equality, improve access to healthcare and institute criminal justice reforms including eliminating cash bail, outlawing the death penalty, legalizing marijuana and wiping clean the records of non-violent drug offenders.
Democrats in the 2020 race have intensified their outreach to black voters this year following the first decline in African-American turnout in 20 years during the 2016 election, which helped sink Hillary Clinton and contributed to Trump's stunning upset victory.
The historically diverse 2020 Democratic field includes black, Hispanic and openly gay candidates, as well as a record six women so far.