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12-year-old Henrico boy ignites Democratic National Convention crowd


A Henrico boy who spoke out against bullying had a special role at Thursday's Democratic National Convention.

NBC12 cameras were rolling as Elijah Coles Brown practiced with production crews in Richmond. The 12-year-old motivational speaker led a watch party and, thanks to Skype, he made live comments to the DNC in Philadelphia, with millions of people watching at home.

Elijah literally had less than one minute to represent Richmond on a national stage, but he didn't stop there, as he got local Hillary Clinton supporters fired up and ready to go.

"Clinton and Kaine. Clinton and Kaine. A vote for them and you won't be ashamed. A vote for them and you won't be ashamed," Elijah chanted.

When Brown isn't firing up crowds, he's practicing to speak at national events. Now Elijah can add the Democratic National Convention to his list.

"I never thought that out of the three years I have been speaking that I would ever make it to an event like this," Elijah said.

Talk about a big responsibility, Elijah represented Richmond, the home of the Democratic nominee for vice president Tim Kaine.

"I'm honored and humbled that I get to represent the city of Richmond in this wonderful watch party event," Elijah said.

Elijah led one of several watch parties across the country, beaming into millions of home with at least 20 million people watching.

Just before 7 p.m., Elijah and Richmond were in the spotlight.

"Hello America! Hello America! We are here to celebrate the next president of the United States. Our first woman president, Hillary Clinton," Elijah said to a cheering crowd in Richmond and in Philadelphia.

So how did he get here? Here's a portion of Elijah's stump speech.

"Donald Trump reminds me of an 11-year-old with no hometraining. Do unto others as you want them to do unto you," Elijah said.

The motivational speaker who has his own Dreamer's Imagine speaking network says the Clinton campaign gave him a call.

"We were so excited, and we were jumping around. We were just so excited that God had blessed us with this opportunity to be able to address the world," Elijah said.

He says he hopes his next stop will be the campaign trail.

"And in November, we have to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine," he said enthusiastically

Elijah's mother says the Virginia delegation in Philadelphia called to congratulate Elijah on what they called a job well done.

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