Actress Lynn Whitfield attended events across Western Pennsylvania this weekend campaigning for Hillary Clinton and encouraging Pennsylvanians to register to vote before the October 11th deadline.
Whitfield’s first event was Saturday at a campaign field office in Forest Hills. “I’m really not here as a celebrity,” said Whitfield to about 15 guests.
Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson, who has held his office since 2006, was present with his wife, Barbara. Campaign volunteers, including canvassers and phone bankers, were also present to hear Whitfield speak.
“We know why this election is so important,” said Whitfield.
Donald Trump’s views on women surfaced. “We know how bad women are treated on the opponent’s side,” said Whitfield.
The OWN’s Greenleaf star mentioned the influential women in her life. “I’m here as a mother.”
Her 25-year-old daughter, Grace, who’s pursues a music career, has to remain on mom’s health insurance. “I’m so grateful she can stay on my insurance.”
Also, Whitfield’s 85-year-old mother, who also has extensive healthcare needs.
The actress, who has starred in movies like “Eve’s Bayou” (1997) and “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (1996), was filled with “gratitude and excitement” about her visit in Pittsburgh. Whitfield gave some final words of encouragement to campaign volunteers, “In peace we go to people who may have closed minds.”
She went on to say, “We have to keep strong because we know we are stronger together.”
Whitfield, 63, also attended the annual Madelyn Hairston Giddens Card Party hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Alpha Omega chapter on Saturday. Later that night, she participated in worship service at Mount Ararat Baptist Church.
Sunday morning, Whitfield attended service at Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church and then, at a private event, had tea with distinguished African American women at Arnold’s Tea. Her final stop was the Monroeville Convention Center for the Eastern Regional Democratic Organization and Mon Valley Democratic Committee Rally.
While Whitfield was in the Greater Pittsburgh area, actress Alfre Woodard and women’s activist Gloria Steinem campaigned in Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre. This month, Hillary for Pennsylvania launched IWillVote.com, a one-stop online portal for those who wish to register to vote or check their registration status.