Black Pastors Unite to Knock Rev. Al Sharpton Off His Harlem Political Throne

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Four prominent clergymen invited over 100 churches to unify in an attempt dethrone Reverend Al Sharpton.

The prince of the pulpit may have a revolution on his hands.

Four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to knock Rev. Al Sharpton off his Harlem political throne.

Speak Out Say It Loud, headquartered at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout.

Mount Neboh pastor Johnnie Green, 51, said Sharpton has neglected black New York while pursuing national fame and acclaim.

"While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don't have money to eat," the Dallas native said. "People need somebody to fight for them."

Green, along with pastors Carl Washington of New Mount Zion Baptist Church on W. 140th St., Kris Erskine of Bethany Baptist Church on W. 153rd St. and Patrick Young of First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst, Queens, has planned a large rally for Oct. 24 at Mount Neboh.

The group expects more than 1,500 supporters to attend.

Green and his allies argue that Sharpton has spent too much time plugging his new book, "The Rejected Stone," and tending to his MSNBC show.

"Sharpton isn't a community organizer. He's a personality," scoffed Raymond Blanchette, head bishop of the United Churches for Kingdom Building.

But the insurgent pastors may have a tough row to hoe.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
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