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Rev. Al Sharpton to visit two Alabama cities

MUNFORD — The Rev. Al Sharpton will help a small church in east Alabama observe Black History Month and then visit Birmingham for a conference.

Sharpton, a 2004 presidential candidate and civil rights activist, will speak at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Munford at 3 p.m. Sunday. Then he will participate in a "social justice conference" Monday at Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, publicist Rachel Noerdlinger said.

Randy McKinney, pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church, said it was an honor for his small, 125-member church to get Sharpton to appear.

"We have not had anything happen like this to the church," he said.

McKinney said the church wants its Black History Month program to convey opportunity.

"Nothing is impossible for any of us, regardless of race or background," he said.

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