At a major speech delivered today at Howard University in Washington, DC, Sen. Rand Paul lays out why the Republican has always been the party of civil rights and explains what today’s GOP can do to win back the African American vote:

How did the party that elected the first black U.S. Senator, the party that elected the first 20 African American Congressmen become a party that now loses 95 percent of the black vote?

How did the Republican Party, the party of the great Emancipator, lose the trust and faith of an entire race?

From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, for a century, most black Americans voted Republican. How did we lose that vote?

To understand how Republicans lost the African American vote, we must first understand how we won the African American vote.