On Tuesday in Memphis
Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy on Tuesday at the funeral of Tyre Nichols, the Memphis man who was beaten and killed by five police officers following a traffic stop.
Earlier this week, prosecutors announced that the police officers would be charged with murder. They were previously fired from their jobs.
“The charges against the police officers who brutally killed Tyre Nichols in Memphis are a necessary first step in delivering justice for Tyre and his family, although nothing will ever be enough to fill the void that his loss has left,” said Reverend Sharpton. “There is no point to putting a body camera on a cop if you aren’t going to hold them accountable when the footage shows them relentlessly beating a man to death. Firings are not enough. Indictments and arrests are not convictions. As we’ve done in the past—with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and others –we will stand by this family until justice is done. A conviction sends a message that to the nation that cops cannot hide behind their badge after committing a heinous action like this.”
The funeral will be held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, located at 70 N Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m.
In addition to Reverend Sharpton, civil rights attorney Ben Crump will also be in attendance to deliver a call to action.
Attorney Ben Crump and the parents of Tyre Nichols will appear on ‘Politicsnation w/ Al Sharpton’ on THIS Sunday, Jan.29th at 5pm ET on MSNBC. Be sure to Tune in!
Reverend Sharpton Speaks at African American Faith Leader’s Summit
Reverend Sharpton joined scores of clergy leaders on Thursday for the African American Faith Leaders convened by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
“In such a milestone year for civil rights, it is tempting to celebrate the progress we have seen in the past six decades. But the truth of the matter is that we cannot afford to be so caught up with celebrations that we do not seize the opportunity to act upon the reality: that the threats to our democracy and civil liberties are at historic levels, and Black Americans continue to bear the weight of,” said Reverend Sharpton during his remarks. “It is in this spirit that the African American Faith Leaders Summit has been convened. In 2023, it is quintessential that as Black faith leaders and justice advocates, we have the support of our elected officials to continue the work of dismantling structures that stand in the way of equity, safety, and wellbeing for all Americans.”
In addition to Reverend Sharpton, Reverend A.R. Bernard, pastor of the Christian Cultural Center was a speaker among others, including Senator Raphael Warnock and Senator Chuck Schumer.
“The African American Faith Leaders Summit was an incredible event that brought together national and New York faith leaders to foster deep lasting partnerships that will strengthen our communities,” said Senator Gillibrand.“I’m proud that inspiring leaders like Senator Schumer, Senator Warnock and Reverend Sharpton can meet with many of New York’s most important faith leaders.Houses of worship form the backbones of our communities and I was excited to hear directly from local leaders about how I can best serve them as we enter the new Congress.”
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