Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Johnson C. Smith University

Former President Bill Clinton visited Johnson C. Smith University Monday, March 7 on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

Clinton urged North Carolinians to take advantage of early voting now through March 12, ahead of the March 15 Democratic primary.

Organizers said all classes were canceled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students, faculty and staff were invited to gather on The Plaza in front of Biddle Hall to hear Clinton's speech.

Clinton began speaking at approximately 4 p.m. Monday.

The event was free and open to the public.

Clinton said is wife will do the best job at helping a picture of a diverse, yet equal, America.

"Hillary is running for President so that every single American can look at that picture and say, 'There I am, there's my family, there's my future -- we're all going to be there.'"

The Republican National Committee released the following statement in reaction to Clinton's visit: 

“Fresh off a week chock-full of damaging developments in her email scandal, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is now sending in Bill Clinton to push false talking points to North Carolina voters. What her campaign forgets is that North Carolinians have already rejected Clinton and her husband three times before. No amount of spin will change the fact that voters don’t trust Hillary Clinton.” – Kara Carter, RNC Spokeswoman

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