Al Sharpton’s popularity among black ministers in New York is waning as a new banding of black religious leaders see Sharpton as basking in the limelight of fame. They see him leaving New York’s black community problems without a leader to play up to this fame. According to The Inquisitr on Oct. 15, the Al Sharpton “hate” has notoriously come from outside New York, but today it has seeped into his home turf.
New York has been one place where the civil rights activist didn’t need to defend his actions in the past, but times are changing. Sharpton was quick to reply to the newest coup forming in the city which has made headlines today. He challenges any of the black ministers to go for it, to take on the leadership they feel Sharpton wasn’t able to achieve, but leave him alone while attempting this.
Sharpton said pulling each other apart is not the way to unify the black religious community in the city. “Speak Out and Say it Loud” is the new coalition of black ministers who are filling the void they feel was left by Sharpton’s playing the Hollywood role more so than taking on the black leadership role.
Their aim is to create an African-American citywide power base. The new coalition’s home base is Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. The pastor of the Neboh Baptist Church, Johnnie Green, 51, said “Sharpton has neglected black New York while pursuing national fame and acclaim.” He added:
“While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat… People need somebody to fight for them.”
Sharpton is called “a personality” rather than a “community organizer” by another pasture in this “Speak Out Say it Loud” group.