CHICAGO (CBS) — Hillary Clinton returned home to Chicago Thursday.

She was in town to join a campaign of a different kind: recruiting black women for public office.

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“Today black women are not only the base of the Democratic party, you are essential to our democracy,” says Clinton.

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“Everyone who ran, everyone who is running right now, everyone who will run in the future, everyone already in office, I hope you will stand up so we can give you a round of applause and our appreciation,” says Clinton.

Clinton’s speech helped launch the new Ida B. Wells Legacy Committee.

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Based in Chicago the organization takes its name from the crusading black journalist who called Chicago home in the late 1800s.