Bernie Sanders will meet with Mpls. community at Black America Forum

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Bernie Sanders will be in North Minneapolis Friday afternoon for a Black America Forum.

Hosted by Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, the forum (which will be at Patrick Henry High School) "will focus on the historic and current issues facing Black communities and other communities of color," the group says.

Community members will get to ask Sanders – an independent senator from Vermont, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination – questions, including about the "pressing issues" black Minnesotans (and Americans) face.

Doors for the event open at 3 p.m. Friday.

A limited number of tickets are available starting Thursday at 4 p.m. at the organization's headquarters (1101 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis). Tickets are free, and available on a first come, first serve basis. A ticket is required to get in.

The forum will also be live streamed, including at select viewing parties in Duluth and the Twin Cities. Details about where are not yet available.

According to the Star Tribune, Sanders' cohort in the race, Hillary Clinton, was invited but could not attend due to schedule conflicts.

Politics in Minnesota reports Sanders bought some ad time on Twin Cities TV stations – the first candidate to do so.

Sanders and Clinton will both be in Minnesota anyway on Friday for the fifth annual Mondale Humphrey Dinner. Gov. Martin O'Malley – who was also running against Sanders and Clinton, before dropping out of the race earlier this month – is also scheduled to attend.

The dinner is at the St. Paul RiverCentre, and is sold out, according to the website.

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