Al Sharpton to speak at Macon church

mstucka@macon.comJanuary 10, 2013 

The Rev. Al Sharpton, a nationally known pundit and civil rights activist, will speak at a Macon church’s Black History Month event Feb. 24.

Sharpton’s service is scheduled for 11 a.m. that day at Beulahland Bible Church, 1010 Newberg Ave.

Other services are slated for Feb. 3 at 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Chester Fontenot Jr., a Mercer University professor.

Keith King, chief operating officer for the church, said he suspects Sharpton and Fontenot won’t be preaching about politics.

“Being that we’re at Beulahland, we’re hoping they bring the word from up on high,” King said.

The church is still developing a publicity plan around Sharpton’s visit.

“Because Rev. Sharpton does have a wide name recognition, we just wanted to invite everybody here,” King said.

Sharpton founded the National Action Network and in 2008 visited Macon to launch a Macon chapter. Sharpton spoke then at Reaching Souls Cathedral of Praise Apostolic Church, which was led by the Rev. Onslow D. Ross, who was convicted on 54 counts of various money crimes in a high-profile federal case.

Ross is scheduled to be released in 2017 from a federal prison in Alabama.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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