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Jesse Jackson Marched With Dr King — So Why Was Al Sharpton the Keynote at the Selma March?

Jesse Jackson (far left) with Martin Luther King.
Jesse Jackson (far left) with Martin Luther King.
On Sunday, March 8, Reverend Al Sharpton is scheduled to preach the key sermon at a commemoration service in Selma, Alabama. He will deliver the message in Brown Chapel A.M.E. at 11 a.m. as part of a 50th Anniversary observation of the Selma to Montgomery marches and the signing of the Voting Right Act of 1965.

The Friday prior to the keynote sermon, Sharpton will host Politics Nation, his MSNBC television show, from a live location in Selma, AL. He will also host his radio broadcast while participating in the commemorative occasion. Saturday, March 7, he plans to attend an event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge where President Obama and Bush will deliver speeches in remembrance of the Selma to Montgomery marches and signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Saturday evening, Sharpton will appear at the Selma Convention Center for a civil rights forum. By 7 p.m., he will be delivering a speech at Selma University for an HIV/AIDS Town Hall meeting. It is sure to be a full weekend for the reverend.


There is no mention of whether or not Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. King’s protégé at the time of the Selma march, will be participating in the commemorative festivities.

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