On Friday, the White House announced that President Joe Biden will host a White House summit next month aimed at combating a spate of hate-fueled violence in the U.S. as he works to deliver on his campaign pledge to “heal the soul of the nation.”
The White House said the United We Stand Summit would happen on Sept. 15, highlighting violence’s “corrosive effects” on public safety and democracy.
Earlier, advocates called on Biden to hold the event after 10 black people were killed at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket in May, aiming to address a succession of hate-driven violence in cities including El Paso, Texas; Pittsburgh; and Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
“As President Biden said in Buffalo after the horrific mass shooting earlier this year, in the battle for the soul of our nation, ‘we must all enlist in this great cause of America,’” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
“The United We Stand Summit will present an important opportunity for Americans of all races, religions, regions, political affiliations, and walks of life to take up that cause together,” Pierre added.
Pierre said Biden is expected to deliver a keynote speech at the gathering, which the White House says will include civil rights groups, faith leaders, business executives, law enforcement, gun violence prevention advocates, former members of violent hate groups, victims of extremist violence and cultural figures.
The White House said the summit also seeks to bring together Democrats and Republicans and political leaders on the federal, state, and local levels to unite against hate-motivated violence.