Fresh off Nevada win, Clinton heads to historic Harlem church

NEW YORK (AP) - Fresh off a caucus victory in Nevada and with the South Carolina primary looming ahead of her, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was back in her home state on Sunday.

The presidential contender attended service at a historic black church in Harlem and was expected to make a campaign announcement later Sunday afternoon.

Clinton received a standing ovation from the congregation at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, founded by a group of Ethiopian sea traders more than 200 years ago. Rev. Calvin Butts, a Clinton supporter, introduced her as someone who "has been our friend."

In her remarks, Clinton told churchgoers how pleased she was to be there on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day, and recounted how she had gone with her church youth group to hear him speak.

"It was a transforming experience for me," she said. "He made it very clear that the Civil Rights movement was about economic justice."

Clinton has come under fire for being quoted as saying King's dream of racial equality was realized only when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and has since reiterated her admiration of King and his work.

Clinton won in Nevada over Sen. Barack Obama, garnering support from women and making a strong showing among Hispanics. But Obama won among black voters, who could make up more than half of the voters in South Carolina.


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