AP News
Posted: Sep 04, 2012 11:01 PM

Julian Castro paid tribute to his late grandmother Victoria and his mother Rosie with a memorable line.

"My mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone," the keynote speaker told the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night.

The San Antonio mayor recalled his "unlikely journey" from the son of a Latino activist to the convention stage. He said Victoria cleaned other people's houses so she could rent her own. His mother was the first in the family to graduate from college. That legacy of hard work propelled him to a prime-time speaking slot at the convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Castro said he was proud of his mom, and he thanked her.

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