Clinton campaigns in Compton, California

January 17, 2008 2:47:26 PM PST
Hillary Rodham Clinton is promising to improve opportunities for African-Americans as she campaigns across California. Speaking in the predominantly black city of Compton, Clinton said she'd help the city's mayor reach his goal of "birthing" a new Compton. The city has struggled with crime and poverty.

Clinton also said she'd open opportunities for young black men in a "green collar" program aimed to help develop alternative energy sources.

She added that she commit 200 million dollars over five years to help ex-offenders transition from prison. Clinton says many young people, disproportionately young people of color, are in a prison system where they don't belong.

Clinton's visit to Compton is her latest effort to mend fences with the black community after she and rival Barack Obama engaged in a war of words over race. The two later called a truce.