REV. SHARPTON AND NAN RALLY TO JOIN TALLAHASSEE PROTEST AGAINST DESANTIS’ LATEST ATTEMPTS TO ERASE BLACK HISTORY FROM FLORIDA CLASSROOMS—
Civil rights leaders, state elected officials set to blast Governor’s recent ban on new Black Studies in Florida public schools
Tallahassee, FL (Thursday, February 9, 2023) – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), will travel to Tallahassee next Wednesday, February 15, to protest Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest attempts to ban teaching Black history in Florida public schools.
“Governor DeSantis is trying to turn February into Erase Black History Month,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN. “Banning these courses is in chapter one of the playbook for disenfranchising Black Americans. We’ll be in Tallahassee next week to take a stand against the governor’s actions and those willing to buckle to his pressure, because our stories and struggles must be told.”
Rev. Sharpton will join members of the educational community, students, parents, clergy, members of the Black caucus, fellow civil rights leaders, and elected officials on a march to the Old State Capitol to protest Gov. DeSantis’s attempts to block Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies in Florida’s public schools, as well as his continued targeting of Black Floridians both in the classroom and at the polls to advance his political agenda.
Marchers will gather at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday morning before making their way to the Old Florida State Capitol. There, they will begin a rally with a press conference to follow.
- Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN
- Bishop Rudolph W. McKissack, Jr., Senior Pastor of the Bethel Church
- Reverend Dr. RB Holmes, Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, President of Tallahassee’s Chapter of the National Action Network
- Bishop Frank Reid, A.M.E. Church
- NAACP Florida Chapter
- Civil Rights organizations
- State Senator Shevrin Jones
- Florida State Elected Officials
WHEN + WHERE
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
11 a.m. EST: Prayer and march preparation at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (224 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Tallahassee, FL)
11:30 a.m. EST: March begins
12 p.m. EST: Rally at the Old Florida State Capitol (400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL)
About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.
For more information go to www.nationalactionnetwork.net.