UPDATE: Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O'Rourke will attend presidential forum in Charleston next month

The forum will focus on economic opportunity for African Americans

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UPDATE (5/9): Sen. Elizabeth Warren has also been added to the bill on June 15.

Booker (left) and Buttigieg will be in Charleston for a June forum - PROVIDED
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Three Democratic presidential candidates will attend a forum on bettering economic opportunities for black Americans on Sat. June 15.

The event will be moderated by broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien at the Charleston Music Hall in downtown Charleston. It will air exclusively on BET Networks the morning of June 16.



Cory Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., were the first to confirm their attendance. Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke joined the roster two days later.

The forum will be hosted by the Black Economic Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for policies that advance work, wages, and wealth in Black communities.

"Black families across the country have been disproportionately disadvantaged by social and institutional barriers that have largely barred them from achieving sustainable economic progress," said Tony Coles, co-chair of the Black Economic Alliance. "This forum will ensure that the top candidates for the highest office in the land have both a vision and a plan to guarantee each and every American has an equal chance to participate meaningfully in our economy."

Ticket details have not been announced, but South Carolina residents will get priority, according to an event spokeswoman.

All 2020 Democratic candidates who reached three percent of support among early-state polls were invited, including U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, along with former former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a Change Research poll released last month, 32 percent of South Carolina primary voters said they would vote for Biden. The poll was conducted before Biden announced his run on April 25.

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