Rev. Al Sharpton quickly joined critics of the Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina Statehouse, but the civil rights leader is going one step further and plans to denounce Robert E. Lee Street and a Confederate flag painting in the New York State Capitol Building on Saturday.
In a tweet posted Friday, Sharpton’s National Action Network promoted the Saturday event as a “vigil for the victims lost to violence and to denounce Robert E. Lee Street and Confederate Flag Painting in New York State Capitol Building.”
Sharpton also had complimentary words for President Barack Obama, who delivered the eulogy for the Rev. Clamenta Pinckney, who was one of nine murdered last week at a historic black church.
Great message from POTUS at the funeral. No radio or TV show for me today, I am headed back to NYC to be at the Action Rally at NAN tomorrow— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 26, 2015
NYC landmarks named for those involved in slave trade http://t.co/Ew1HtTw82m— Josh Robin (@joshrobin) June 26, 2015
Outrage over the Confederate flag was almost instantaneous after alleged shooter Dylann Roof’s racist beliefs were revealed and photos emerged with him posing with the divisive symbol. Major retailers like Walmart, Amazon and eBay have stopped selling Confederate flags.