Hillary Clinton says the country still has "work to do" to ensure equal rights and is focusing her campaign on "breaking every barrier."
The Democratic presidential candidate is meeting with civil rights leaders in New York City.
The civil rights groups say they have rules prohibiting candidate endorsements. But Rev. Al Sharpton is offering warm words for Clinton, nothing that he sometimes "goes the rails" and backs a candidate. Her rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, met with Sharpton in Harlem last week.
She plans to deliver a speech on combating systemic racism this afternoon. Aides say she will call for a "comprehensive commitment" to equal opportunity for African Americans.
Clinton's appearance with the African-American leaders comes as the Democratic nominating contest hurtles toward states with significant black voting populations.