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Black church welcomes Sharpton

Black church leaders welcomed the decision of civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton to visit Britain as a guest of Operation Black Vote later this month.

The charismatic one-time US presidential candidate is expected to urge Black communities to realise the power of their vote in the forthcoming general and local elections.

Rev Sharpton will jet into the UK in two weeks time and is due to speak at a rally before 2,000 people in central London.

R. David Muir of the Evangelical Alliance, an umbrella body for Pentecostal churches, commented: “It’s always good to have people who can share experiences and mobilise the Black community.

“Al Sharpton is a real community activist fighting for equality and justice for marginalised people.”

David Shosanya, a Baptist Minister and host for the State of Black Britain Symposium, commented: “Rev Al Sharpton is one of the most recognised voices in American politics, a trusted and well respected advocate of the aspirations of African-American communities.

“His visit to the UK during this election year is timely given the strategic challenges facing black communities communities. I think we should listen attentively when he speaks because he has something to say!”

Rev Desmond Hall, chair of Christians Together in Brent, added: “Al Sharpton is a figure with roots in the civil rights movement. This will help concentrate people’s minds that black people can make s a difference in politics.”

Sharpton plans to visit schools and community projects across the capital before delivering a major speech entitled “Realising the Dream” at Friends House in Euston.

The event is free. It is a ticketed and requires registration. See full details below.

OBV report that they have been inundated with ticket requests, and urged people to register as soon as possible.

REALISING THE DREAM

Thursday 21st January 2010

6pm – 9.30pm

FREE ENTRY

Friends House (opposite Euston station, London)

For tickets email: jyoti@obv.org.uk

Or call Jyoti Bhojani on (020) 8983 5460

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