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Sharpton searches for the words to eulogize and galvanize

8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 October 18, 2019 9:49 PM October 18, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ERRIN HAINES
AP National Writer

The Rev. Al Sharpton has become a constant of the Black Lives Matter era with his presence in the pulpit after police shootings of African Americans.

On Saturday, the scene will unfold again, as he delivers remarks at the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson. The 28-year-old black woman was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed by a white Fort Worth, Texas, police officer.

Again, Sharpton is left searching for the words to soothe - and to galvanize.

Sharpton has delivered dozens of eulogies over his long career, including for celebrities. But it's the police shooting funerals that have taken on the greatest poignancy.

He told The Associated Press that he tries to frame a message that gives some comfort and meaning to the family.

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