Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O'Rourke also spoke at length about the importance of working with communities of color when it comes to climate change.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg also named economic empowerment as a key issue.
Tom Steyer, one of the more prominent voices advocating for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, has joined the presidential race.
Marc Morial, the president of the National Urban League, reminded the ESSENCE crowd that before President Barack Obama gained much name recognition, he spoke at ESSENCE Festival.
Sen. Cory Booker provided the Twitterverse with top meme-worthy material during Wednesday night's Democratic debate.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the 23rd Democratic to make their bid for the White House in 2020.
Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum has yet to give any decisive answers as to whether he plans to run for president in 2020, but has also not ruled anything out.