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Rev. Al Sharpton visits Birmingham to open voting rights headquarters

The Rev. Al Sharpton (center) cuts the ribbon on the NAN office. Source: WBRC video The Rev. Al Sharpton (center) cuts the ribbon on the NAN office. Source: WBRC video
Sharpton speaks to the crowd at the 16th Street Baptist Church. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC Sharpton speaks to the crowd at the 16th Street Baptist Church. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC
Community members at the 16th Street Baptist Church rally. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC Community members at the 16th Street Baptist Church rally. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC
L-R: Birmingham councilors Johnathan Austin and Sheila Tyson present a proclamation of welcome to Sharpton. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC L-R: Birmingham councilors Johnathan Austin and Sheila Tyson present a proclamation of welcome to Sharpton. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Reverend Al Sharpton is in Birmingham Wednesday to open a new National Action Network (NAN) office.

They call the office along 1st Avenue North the NAN Freedom Summer National Headquarters.

Sharpton said the office will help advocate voting rights through education. He said with Birmingham's past it was the perfect location for the office.

"This is where the fight to get us the right to vote was headquartered in the first place. Birmingham was where Dr. King and others led the fight that led to Selma. That 49 years ago led to the Voting Rights Act," he said.

Sharpton also attended a rally at 16th Street Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. Reporter Sherea Harris will have a report on this story tonight at 10. Watch on air, online at FoxAlabamaLive.com or through the WBRC News app.

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