Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton visited Queens last week to give a sermon at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica on March 21.
The service, part of the church’s March Gladness series, in which a different guest minister preaches on each Wednesday of the month, was attended by about 2,000 people, according to its pastor, the Rev. Floyd Flake, who added that the turnout was typical for a regular service.
Flake said that Sharpton spoke in his sermon about his mother, Ada, who was elderly and ill. She died early the next morning. He also read a passage of scripture. Sharpton did not speak about politics, Flake said, mentioning only in passing that he would speaking at a Florida rally the next day, decrying the killing of teen shooting victim Trayvon Martin.
“He was great,” Flake said. “He came to preach and he preached. It wasn’t a protest speech, it was a worship service.”