Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, Inc., and MSNBC Host will speak in Tallahassee, FL Sunday, October 29, 2023, at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 224 N. M. L. King, Jr., Boulevard Theme: “Moving Forward By Faith: Teaching Our Own History!
The culminating activities for the commemoration of the historic Bethel Missionary Baptist Church’s 153rd Anniversary and the 37th Pastoral Anniversary of Reverend Dr. RB Holmes will be held Sunday, October 29, 2023. The schedule of events for the day is as follows
10:00 AM Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Worship Service *Keynote Speaker: Reverend Al Sharpton
*Special Recognitions of leaders and activists committed to “Writing Our Own History” and achieving social justice for all citizens 12:30pm: Press Conference with Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. RB Holmes, Attorney Ben Crump, Attorney Mutaqee Akbar, Ms. Martha Ervin, Community and Faith Leaders (Main Sanctuary of the Bethel Baptist Church) 1:30pm: Invitational Reception for Rev. Al Sharpton at the Four Points Tallahassee Downtown, 318 West Tennessee Street. Special Remarks by Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. RB Holmes, and Community Leaders Ms. Martha Ervin, the senior Citizen who was falsely arrested for exercising her right to vote is a special Honoree. Charges against Ms. Ervin were dropped by the State Attorney, Jack Campbell.
Special Recognition of Community leaders committed to sustaining and enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives in Florida will be observed.
Reverend Dr. RB Holmes, Pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and President of the Tallahassee Chapter of the National Action Network stated “Sunday will be another historic moment at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. After all of the attacks on black history, voter suppression laws, affirmative action, the dumbing down of our colleges and universities, dangerous gun laws, and a plethora of social, cultural and political issue, we wanted Rev. Sharpton to preach to this church and community to encourage us to never give in to the hateful and hurtful policies of some far right political leaders.”
Attorney Benjamin Crump stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Reverend Sharpton to Bethel Missionary, a place of faith, hope, and solidarity for so many. Together, we stand united, committed to dismantling barriers and creating a future where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Reverend Sharpton’s and Reverend Holmes’ tireless work in civil rights continues to inspire, reminding us that change is not just possible, but inevitable when we join hands and hearts in the name of justice.”
Dianne Williams-Cox, Mayor Pro Tempore of City of Tallahassee stated, “How appropriate it is to have Reverend Sharpton to speak at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church following FAMU’s festive homecoming celebration! We must stay woke!
Attorney Mutaqee Akbar, President of the Tallahassee chapter of the NAACP added “We are excited to have Rev. Al Sharpton to come speak to our community. It is important that we continue to highlight the atrocities of policies that our Governor continues to implement while we also continue to motivate our community to be a part of the electoral process. The arrest of Marsha Ervin for voting is a prime example of the extent our Governor will go to continue to disenfranchise and intimidate voters. Sharpton has always been instrumental in speaking out and speaking for our community.