Al Sharpton Visits Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church

Memphis, TENN. (localmemphis.com) -
National Civil Rights Icon Al Sharpton was in the Bluff City Sunday.  He was in Memphis to preach at a local church.  But, he also took the opportunity to discuss politics coming off the heels of President Trump asking a black journalist to contact members of the Congressional Black Caucus to set up a meeting between the President and the Caucus.  Here's what Sharpton had to say about politics, African-American leaders and Memphis.
 
Songs of praise were heard throughout Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church Sunday as the church celebrated 'Heritage Sunday' to honor African-American leaders.
 
"Some always suspect I come to march on somebody or picket or something.  And, I said I'm going to preach at one of the churches there," said Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton.
 
Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton was the guest speaker for the event, and he had a lot to say.
 
 
"I've been to Memphis many times and when I think of Memphis, I don't think of Graceland, I think of the Civil Rights Museum and the Lorraine Motel," said Sharpton.
 
Sharpton says it's important to celebrate Black leaders and their accomplishments.  And, Sharpton told the congregation with today's political climate it's especially important now.
 
 
"A lot of you that thought everything was cool ... Hurricane Trump has come," said Sharpton.
 
During part of his time in the pulpit, Sharpton talked about the presidency -- even saying he had heard from President Trump after being sworn in.
 
 
"He called me after the election.  I told him that I was not willing to meet other than if all civil rights leaders were brought in," Sharpton said.  "I'm not interested in a red carpet kind of photo op for him."
 
Sharpton also used his time to encourage young African-Americans.
 
 
"We never had a back-wind.  We always had a headwind.  We always had to fly against adversity.  We always had to fight.  We always had to struggle ... Some of ya'll get easily rattled because some of ya'll forget where we come from and how we got here," said Sharpton. "Don't you ever forget some unlettered, illiterate grandma laid down in the gutter in Birmingham and Selma and sponsored you."
 
And, Sharpton left the congregation with this.
 
 
"Maybe GOD let Trump win to wake some of you up," Sharpton said. "And, I don't know about you, but my blessings can't be 'trumped'.'
 
We reached out to the White House's media affairs department through email and a telephone call in reference to the telephone conversation Reverend Sharpton said he had with the President.  As of air time, we had not gotten a response.
 
 

 


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