Bernie Sanders' seeking thousands at North Carolina rally

Staff Writer

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is hoping the big crowds he's attracted across the country will continue in North Carolina.

The Vermont senator scheduled a campaign rally Sunday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum's special events center, which can seat 5,000 people.

The Greensboro stop is part of a three-state weekend swing through the South, where he faces a challenge overcoming strong support for party nominee front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the black community. The North Carolina primary is expected in mid-March.

Sanders has a civil-rights record of organizing sit-ins as a college student over segregated housing.

Greensboro is known for a famous 1960 sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter that spurred similar actions across the South.