Ahmaud Arbery case highlights historic role of black pastors


Ahmaud Arbery case highlights historic role of black pastors

Minutes after three men in Brunswick, Georgia, were convicted of murdering jogger Ahmaud Arbery, Reverend Al Sharpton led a large crowd gathered outside the Glynn County courthouse in prayer. People closed their eyes and nodded in unison when Sharpton said “let’s pray.”

This moment of calm outside the courthouse a day before Thanksgiving came two weeks after hundreds of black religious leaders from across the country gathered to support Arbery’s family in defiance of the lawyer defense Kevin Gough, who represented one of the men on trial in February at Arbery. Shot to death in 2020. Gough, reacting to Sharpton sitting in court with Arbery’s family, told Judge Timothy Walmsley in early November that he no longer wanted “black pastors” in the courtroom for fear that they don’t intimidate the jury.

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