Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III spoke with Boston Public Radio on Monday about former Vice President Joe Biden's potential running mate.

"He has to pick a Black woman, and he has to pick the right one," Price said. "I think between Rep. Valerie Demings and Susan Rice would be the two top choices that would help him to win."

African-American women are the "backbone of this country," Monroe said, which is why Biden must choose a Black woman as his running mate.

"As an African-American woman, this is quite an exciting time. And we have to pick an African-American woman for a couple of reasons: Biden owes Black woman, the DNC owes Black women, and America owes Black women," Monroe said. "We're tired of being 'essentials' to these movements and agendas, yet being undervalued."

Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist and the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail and a visiting researcher in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology.

Price is professor of worship, church & culture and founding executive director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Together they host the All Rev’d Up podcast, produced by WGBH.