Published on March 22nd, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Rev. Al Sharpton’s Mom Dies, Activist Goes Ahead and Speaks at Trayvon Martin Justice Rally
The Rev. Al Sharpton is often present at the center of race-related conflicts, and the assertive civil rights activist was scheduled to speak today at a rally in Florida to demand justice in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
But Sharpton learned this morning that his 87-year-old mother Ada had passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s. Still, the Reverend did not cancel out on the planned protest, even though the death of his mother would have been a perfectly decent reason to take a pass. Instead, Sharpton mentioned his mom’s death- and said she’d have been disappointed had he not shown up to speak for Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Sharpton explained:
“My mother would have been ashamed if I hadn’t have shown up to fight for [Fulton and Martin]!”
And while Sharpton is often (unfairly) decried as a racial conflict instigator by detractors, the Reverend says that Martin’s killing had nothing to do with race- it was an out and out murder, and needs to be handled as one:
“It’s a blessing to see the multi-ethnic people here in support of good… Let’s be clear: This is blatant murder. The color of the skin does nor matter. What is right is what matters.”
Do you think Rev. Al Sharpton’s pull will help the case move forward?