Macon churchgoers at Beulahland Bible Church were in their Sunday best as they welcomed a special guest pastor.
Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader, also known for his TV show on MSNBC, radio program "Keeping it Real," and for his political involvement, running for the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination, came to Macon in his original role -- as a preacher.
Sharpton was there in part to celebrate black history month, and his message resonated with those who attended. "It was spot on, said Congressman Sanford Bishop. "I think that what Reverend Sharpton had to say was that such a rich history. We have such a history of struggle and victory over struggle that we cannot come this far and not take full positive advantage of it.
Sharpton was also greeted by one of Beulahland's youngest parishioners, 6-year old Ashton Young, who gave his viral "I Have a Dream" speech that 13WMAZ covered last week.
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Sharpton also tailored his message to issues facing the City of Macon. He encouraged young people to stay focused on education, arguing that civil rights leaders didn't fight for social progress "just so you could go to Macon and sell drugs and act like a thug."
Rev. Sharpton flew into Atlanta Sunday morning, and did his radio show from there before coming to Macon. After preaching here, he went to another church in Lithonia.
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