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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Sharpton to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King during Sunday's service at local megachurch.

STONECREST, Ga. — A special Sunday service took place Sunday morning at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest.

Rev. Al Sharpton was the keynote speaker at the church's service Sunday, which was dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He said that, although King's legacy lives on today, there is a lot more work to be done when it comes to combating hate and racial inequality.

"I think that when you see the white supremacists marching in Virginia, there were some arrested here, there were seven nation-wide, it shows that the problem is not over," he said. "That we are still facing people who are filled with hate and want to execute it which is why we need to continue to fight - and fight together."

Sharpton also spoke about health. New Birth senior pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant said he invited the nationally known reverend, not only to commemorate the life of Dr. King but because Rev. Sharpton's healthy lifestyle coordinates with the church's health initiatives. 

The church recently unveiled a new fitness center about a week ago.

“He has lost over 100 pounds through diet and exercise—no surgery," Bryant said. "He is the model of both worlds for us -- civic engagement and health."

Bryant said he wants New Birth to model a holistic ministry, and "not only be concerned about people's souls, but also the health of their bodies."

During the service, he also spoke about President Donald Trump, unemployment and where the nation is today when it comes to Dr. King's dream.


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