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Rev. Al Sharpton to give eulogy at service

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during the funeral service for Alvin Motley Jr. at Freedom Baptist Church Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Hillside, Ill. Gregory Livingston, a white security guard, is accused of shooting and killing Motley Jr., a 48-year-old Black man from Chicago, on August 7, at Kroger Fuel Center, in Memphis, Tenn.
  • The Rev. Al Sharpton said Tyre Nichols’ parents asked him if he would give a eulogy for Nichols. “I told them I’d be honored to do it,” he said.
  • Thousands are expected at the funeral for Nichols, who died Jan. 10 after Memphis, Tennessee, police brutally beat him at a traffic stop.
  • Nichols’ funeral is set for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. CT in Memphis.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In the wake of Tyre Nichols’ death, the Rev. Al Sharpton called Nichols’ parents to let them know he, and the National Action Network – the civil rights organization he founded ― would support them in any way they could.

“They asked me if I would come do a eulogy,” Sharpton told The Memphis Commercial Appeal, part of the USA TODAY Network, on Monday afternoon. “I told them I’d be honored to do it.”

As video footage came out of Nichols being brutally beaten – and stories about his life circulated around the nation ― his funeral began attracting a number of prominent officials, including a delegation from the White House.

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