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And finally, we return to news of the Potomac primary for our heard on the street feature. This weekend TELL ME MORE sent producers to the home of the Reverend Marcia Dyson. She's a minister, activist, and supporter of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Reverend Dyson invited women of color from around the region to talk about the issues that are important to them. She let them know the event was as much about listening as talking.


Reverend MARCIA DYSON (Democrat, Clinton supporter): I've got a surprise for you. We're not here to be talked to. We're here to have a conversation. So when you came in you filled out a colored card and you filled out your particular issue that you had. So we've got something - we're going to pull a card and you guys are going to come up here and be special guests.

MARTIN: Florence Folk.

Ms. FLORENCE FOLK (Resident Washington D.C.): Before I came I was not decided. I had originally been a supporter of John Edwards. And after he dropped out I wasn't really sure - what was significant to me about this event was all the really interesting women that were here, who are clearly really bright and really involved and engaged in a lot of issues. And I think seeing so many of them supporting Hillary Clinton is probably - makes me more open to the idea of supporting her.

Ms. ERICA SPELL (Resident, Washington D.C.): My name is Erica Spell. I am actually still supporting Senator Barack Obama. I decided to come here, because - one, because it's an exciting time in general. And as a young woman - a young African American woman, I do still feel that it's very important that we have conversation that transcends political affiliation, that transcends all race, you know, and actually just come together as women and discuss issues that are important to us.

Ms. ALICIA BAKER (Resident, Washington D.C.): Alicia Baker. I came because I was really interested in hearing sort of what women were thinking about in terms of Hillary Clinton and her candidacy.


I remain undecided. I still want to tease out some of the issues. The most important issue to me is healthcare. Being an emergency room nurse, I really want to see a president who is committed to insuring every American and making that healthcare also very high quality healthcare.

Ms. VANESSA SEGARS (Resident, Washington D.C.): Vanessa Segars, I came here to hear all information. I don't believe that's, you know, some game. I think that both candidates can have their strong points, and I want to make sure that I'm informed on both of the candidates' strong points. So I don't come here with any intent of bashing any other candidate. I just like to absorb all that I can.

MARTIN: That's what we heard on the street at the Reverend Marcia Dyson's political forum for Hillary Clinton this weekend.

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MARTIN: And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.