SAN JUAN — The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) previewed the official program for the final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 20 from 9: 00-11: 00 PM Eastern.  The theme of Thursday's program is "America's Promise."
“A former public defender, a leading senator, and two-term vice president, Joe Biden is one of the most experienced candidates to ever seek the presidency. Throughout his career, he has been tested by historic recessions, global conflicts, pandemics, divisive politics, and the never-ending quest for justice and fairness in America. Every step of the way, he has risen to the moment with steady and effective leadership. When he gets knocked down, he gets back up, ”states the committee's news release.
On Wednesday, the convention's third night, former President Barack Obama spoke for the convention from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  “Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala's ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better. But here’s the thing: no single American can fix this country alone. Democracy was never meant to be transactional – you give me your vote; I make everything better. So I am also asking you to believe in your own ability – to embrace your own responsibility as citizens – to make sure that the basic tenets of our democracy endure.
“Because that's what at stake right now. Our democracy, ”Obama said.
During the convention Wednesday, Sen. Kamala Harris officially became the Democratic nominee for vice president of the United States.
“We’re at an inflection point. The constant chaos leaves adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more. We must elect a president who will bring something different, something better, and do the important work. A president who will bring all of us together — Black, White, Latino, Asian, Indigenous — to achieve the future we collectively want. We must elect Joe Biden, ”Harris said.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke as well, saying:“ There’s a lot of heartbreak in America right now – and the truth is, many things were broken before the pandemic. But, as the saying goes, the world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places. Joe Biden knows how to heal, unify, and lead, because he's done all of that for his family and his country. "
In her speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: " As Speaker, I 've seen firsthand Donald Trump's disrespect for facts, for working families, and for women in particular – disrespect written into his policies toward our health and our rights, not just his conduct. But we know what he doesn't: that when women succeed, America succeeds. ”
The following are highlights from Thursday evening's program, as published by the DNCC:
THE PROMISE OF AMERICA  “This Time Next Year”
A collection of everyday Americans and prominent leaders share where they want to be this time next year — when Joe Biden is president.
Pledge of Allegiance  Cedric Richmond, Jr.
Son of The Honorable Cedric Richmond, Member of the US House of Representatives, Louisiana
Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire, and Emily Strayer
Sister Simone Campbell
American Roman Catholic Religious Sister
The Honorable Chris Coons
United States Senator, Delaware
The Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms
Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
A Tribute to John Lewis
Directed by Dawn Porter
American rapper, actor, and writer
Jon Meacham  American writer and author
The Honorable Deb Halaand  Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, New Mexico
The Honorable Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State
The Honorable Jocelyn Benson
Michigan Secretary of State
The Honorable Cory Booker
United States Senator, New Jersey
“You Built America”: A Conversation on the Economy with Vice President Biden
Joe Biden listens to, and engages with, union workers around how to build an economy that rewards work.
Dr. Vivek Murthy
Former Surgeon General of the United States
The Honorable Tammy Baldwin
United States Senator, Wisconsin
The Biden Plan: Military Families
A video that focuses on Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden's deep commitment to military families.
The Honorable Tammy Duckworth
United States Senator, Illinois
A Tribute to Beau Biden
A video that focuses on the remarkable life and career of Beau Biden.
The Honorable Pete Buttigieg
Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
“United We Stand”
Joe Biden through the eyes of those who ran against him in 2020 — featuring Senator Cory Booker, Former Major Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
The Honorable Michael Bloomberg
Former Mayor of New York City, New York
The Biden Grandchildren
A video focused on Joe Biden's family — and in particular his grandchildren, and their close bond.
The Biden Children
Ashley Biden and Hunter Biden tell us about their father.
The story of Joe Biden's life, up to this moment — from his parents, to his upbringing, to his greatest challenges, to his biggest successes, to the type of leader, father, husband, and person that he is.
The Honorable Joe Biden
2020 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States
Former Vice President of the United States