strong>ATLANTA — Bernie Sanders has tried and tried and tried, but winning the loyalty of black Democrats is slow work. In the two days before filling the famed Fox Theatre here in Atlanta – packing it, 5,000 people, floor and balcony – the senator from Vermont had, in a southern swing designed to reach African-American voters, done the following:
1) Made a pilgrimage to Atlanta's Martin Luther King Jr. Center for a meeting with King's daughter Bernice.
2) Hit the Busy Bee, a popular soul food spot on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, with his new best black friend in Atlanta, a rapper who goes by the name Killer Mike.
3) Met with black pastors and spoke at two black churches in North Charleston, S.C.