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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, meets with Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., during a visit to The King Center Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is invoking the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as he tries to increase black support in his bid to catch Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sanders is campaigning Monday in the slain civil rights leader's hometown of Atlanta. He visited the King Center and met privately with one of King's daughters, Bernice King, near where her parents are entombed.

After the meeting, the Vermont senator praised Martin Luther King as an inspiration for his political career. He said King advocated not only racial equality but economic opportunity for all Americans - the theme of Sanders' campaign.

Sanders noted that the 1963 march remembered for King's "I Have a Dream" speech was officially called the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."

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