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Feb 15, 2023

Civil rights leader travels to Tallahassee this Wednesday to take a stand against GOP attempts to put classrooms back in the 1960s


Tallahassee, FL (Monday, February 13, 2023) – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), will travel to Tallahassee this Wednesday, February 15, to protest Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attempts to bring the state back to the pre-Civil Rights era by banning black history from the classroom.


“Governor DeSantis is using his office to sanitize Black history from the education system,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN. “He might call this a crusade, but everyone can clearly see this is a campaign tactic for him to run for president. He is sending a message that it is permissible to make racism state policy. Wednesday’s rally should send a clear message that you cannot politicize the education system or erase Black stories from American history.”


DeSantis’ latest efforts to halt Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies in Florida public schools continues to face nationwide backlash. On Monday, he went as far as to wage war with the College Board, which administers the AP exams, after it accused DeSantis of playing politics with the school system.


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 disenfranchise Black Floridians.


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.



  1. Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN
  2. Bishop Rudolph W. McKissack, Jr., Senior Pastor of the Bethel Church
  3. Reverend Dr. RB Holmes, Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, President of Tallahassee’s Chapter of the National Action Network
  4. Bishop Frank Reid, A.M.E. Church
  5. NAACP Florida Chapter
  6. Civil Rights organizations
  7. State Senator Shevrin Jones
  8. Florida State Elected Officials


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.


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