[image-1]Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at a celebration of the Charleston NAACP’s centennial in September.

Biden, who served in the U.S. Senate for nearly 40 years before joining Barack Obama’s presidential ticket in 2008, has had a fondness for South Carolina for years. Biden was close with S.C. senators Ernest Hollings and Strom Thurmond while in office, delivering a eulogy at ol’ Strom’s funeral and speaking at the ceremony unveiling a statue for Hollings earlier this year in Charleston. The former Delaware senator has also vacationed several times on Kiawah Island.

The Freedom Fund Dinner in Charleston will mark 100 years since the Charleston NAACP’s founding and will take place at the Gaillard Center Ballroom.

“We look forward to his words of hope in a time of challenge for our nation,” Dot Scott, the group’s leader, said yesterday, according to the P&C.
[content-2]Biden decided against a run for president in 2016 after his son Beau’s death from brain cancer, but Palmetto State support for the then-vice president remained strong among influential S.C. Democrats. Former Mayor Joe Riley’s first choice was Biden and former state Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian was banging the drum for Biden for months last year, even donating $10,000 to a Draft Biden super PAC. Riley and Harpo wound up endorsing Clinton and Sanders, respectively. [content-1]Biden hasn’t closed the door on a potential 2020 presidential run, but has not made it seem like he’s leaning that way, either. South Carolina will remain a key early primary state for Democrats in 2020, regardless. Biden knows that.

For ticket information, visit naacpcharlestonbranch.org.