Jackson, Sharpton: Cancel classes on MLK Day

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 1:05 PM
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COLUMBIA— Rev. Jesse Jackson wants school districts around the Southeast to scrap plans to use the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to make up for snow days.

Jackson told The Associated Press today the plans by schools in the Carolinas and Georgia trivialize the significance of King's work. Rev. Al Sharpton also told AP that parents should consider keeping their children out of school Monday so they can discuss King's legacy at home.

Students in Rock Hill missed three days of school this week because of snow. Spokeswoman Elaine Baker says district leaders were forced to use Monday as a school day because teacher furloughs limited the number of available days for makeup.

NAACP leaders in North Carolina and Georgia want districts there to reconsider holding classes on King Day.

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workedforit
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workedforit 01/14/11 - 02:24 pm
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They can discuss the legacy

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They can discuss the legacy at school just as easily, besides, it it too cold to do anything else. Our society is dumbed down enough already, kids need to be in school.

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Chillen 01/14/11 - 02:30 pm
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So, kids in Atlanta lost a

So, kids in Atlanta lost a whole week of education and these 2 clowns think it's more important to have MLK Monday off than actually go to school and learn? Unbelievable but expected. It's all about race. Every minute. Every day.

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follower 01/14/11 - 02:31 pm
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So Mr. Jackson and Mr.

So Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton, the only place appropriate to discuss Dr. King's legacy is home? Because we all know how much guidance many of these children are getting at home right? Black history month in February not enough? Why not take Monday evening to watch a program with your kids? I'm sure there will be something pertaining to his life and accomplishments.

I understand that Dr. King thought education to be of vital importance to the black community. So in effect, are you not smearing his legacy by calling for children to stay home? Oh, that's right, in reality, you don't care about the kids anyway, just about using any reason, valid or not, to put yourself in the spotlight. The greatest acknowledgement to his legacy is to succeed.

Somehow, Jackson and Sharpton will find a way to blame the weather on the white man trying to keep them down. A more impressive duo you will not find.

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urright 01/14/11 - 04:00 pm
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The kids will learn more

The kids will learn more about the man and his legacy in school than they would at home, unless BET or MySpace has something about him on. I've always wondered why we are out for MLK, Jr. Day, but not for President's Day or Veteran's Day.

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RammaJamma 01/14/11 - 04:07 pm
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Anything concerning jackson

Anything concerning jackson and sharpton should be ignored. They are both idiots. FOLLOWER- Their next project will be to prove mother nature is white.....

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rocketserve 01/14/11 - 04:19 pm
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Who is paying attention to

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Who is paying attention to these two clowns anyway? Its not like most of the black community is going to really think about Dr. King's legacy and what he stood for on Monday anyway. If they are really outraged, they should put pressure on the NBA to cancel all of the games on MLK day... His TRUE birthday is tomorrow anyway, so what is the big deal.

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seenitB4 01/14/11 - 04:28 pm
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Al & Jessie....while you keep

Al & Jessie....while you keep the kids out of school why not show this video to them... 90 teens pregnant in Memphis school..
http://newsone.com/nation/newsonestaff4/90-pregnant-girls-memphis-tennes...
Get a grip on reality fellows---al & jessie like to show up on tv..I wonder what MLK would have to say about them today.

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Sweet son 01/14/11 - 04:53 pm
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Follower, you are right about

Follower, you are right about home guidance. Maybe you should send them the link for Sylvia Cooper's article on "Rotten Parents". Neither one cares about anyone but themselves. You have got to give the "brothers" their camera time.

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rmwhitley 01/14/11 - 05:52 pm
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NAACP! jackson-sharpton, a

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NAACP! jackson-sharpton, a marriage made in Hell's Kitchen.

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Hoser 01/14/11 - 06:59 pm
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Al & Jesse are probably upset

Al & Jesse are probably upset that snow is white.....lol

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Haki 01/15/11 - 11:58 am
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Augusta, I agree! Maybe they

Augusta, I agree! Maybe they should also put their energy into students attending school on Confederate Memorial day. Not like kids can learn the legacy of the Confederacy better at home, unless some State shows an act of treason or your neighbor decides to enslave someone.

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