Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ campaign will visit Orangeburg on Thursday, kicking off a tour of historically black colleges and universities at S.C. State University.
Professor, writer, and national civil rights activist Cornel West will appear on Sanders’ behalf to discuss free tuition for public colleges and universities and criminal justice reform. Sanders is trailing frontrunner Hillary Clinton with 26 percent support in S.C. Democratic presidential primary polls.
The event at S.C. State will start at 7 p.m. at the S.C. State Recital Hall in the Barbara A. Vaughan Fine Arts Center, 300 College Street.
Benedict College in Columbia also is on the campaign’s list of tour stops, along with historically black schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The senator visited the state’s only historically black public school in November.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the candidate will not be attending the event.