Representing the Godfather

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James Brown and the Rev. Al Sharpton didn't always agree, particularly when it came to politics. The close friend and confidant of the late soul singer was reminded of that fact Sunday during a tour of Augusta Museum of History's James Brown exhibit.

Joined by Mr. Brown's daughter Deanna, the Rev. Sharpton gazed through a glass case at a medal given to Mr. Brown by the Republican Presidential Task Force. Mr. Brown was a lifelong member of the group, which supports Republican candidates. The Rev. Sharpton is a prominent Democratic Party supporter and a former candidate for the party's presidential nomination.

"We had many discussions about that," the Rev. Sharpton said, eliciting laughter from reporters and museum workers after his tour. "He would say I was the one lost."

This was the Rev. Sharpton's first visit to the museum's exhibit since it opened May 3 -- Mr. Brown's birthday.

The civil rights activist was in Augusta to fill in for his mentor at the annual James Brown Turkey giveaway today.

He called the exhibit "fitting" but said it conjured up mixed feelings, reminding him of Mr. Brown's death nearly two years ago on Christmas Day.

"It reminds me he was the only father I ever knew in my life and the only godfather to millions over the world," he said.

The Rev. Sharpton said he often wonders how Mr. Brown would react to current events, including the election of Barack Obama as president.

He said he also worries about Mr. Brown's legacy, adding that the exhibit will help to preserve his memory.

"I don't want the world to forget James Brown, and going to this exhibit, I know that they haven't and they won't," he said.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

TURKEY GIVEAWAY DAY

For the third consecutive year, the Rev. Al Sharpton will hand out free turkeys in Augusta, continuing the late James Brown's annual Thanksgiving tradition. At 10 a.m. today, the Rev. Sharpton will be at Dyess Park, at James Brown Boulevard and D'Antignac Street.

NOW SHOWING

THE EXHIBIT: The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown, featuring rare and personal artifacts from the late soul singer, opened May 3 and is scheduled to remain in Augusta until at least May 2011.

WHERE: Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.

MUSEUM HOURS: Closed Mondays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday

COST: Adults, $4; seniors, $3; children 6-18, $2; children 5 and under, free

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sctex
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sctex 11/24/08 - 01:49 am
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God bless James Brown!

God bless James Brown!

PTHS225
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PTHS225 11/24/08 - 02:13 am
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I sure hope he remembers to

I sure hope he remembers to bring cans of cranberry sauce, candied yams and fresh bags of stuffing mix too.

Nammy
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Nammy 11/24/08 - 02:54 am
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Thanks for the turkey, man!

Thanks for the turkey, man! (': I'm just thankful for the free turkeys and that someone is continuing on with this.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 11/24/08 - 08:17 am
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Who donated the turkeys this

Who donated the turkeys this year?? I think we should thank the folks who actually provide the food ..not the ones handing it out................... and those of you who CAN afford to buy your own turkey please stay away and let those in true need get them...just because it's free doesn't mean you should have some.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/24/08 - 08:31 am
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Why do you care about who

Why do you care about who donated the food? Did you donate? If you did not then it's not you business who will receive a turkey,

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 11/24/08 - 08:35 am
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I would like to take this

I would like to take this moment to say Mr. Brown was a good man & allways helped those less fortunate than himself. A lot people try & tarnish his image by reminding us of his short comings. Well who does not have them? You can go ahead & throw that stone now. But you can't because non here are innocent. Everyone makes mistakes but that has nothing to do with the good they try & bring into others lives. Mr. Brown allways gave of himself & never asked for anything in return. I wish we could all say that, but we all know that we can not. Can you see Mr. Brown walking up to the pearly gates & St. Peter ask..James, how are you doing today? Well St. Peter...I FEEL GOOD!!!

karmakills123
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karmakills123 11/24/08 - 08:49 am
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Hit a nerve hypo??

Hit a nerve hypo??

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 11/24/08 - 09:00 am
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For all his faults, James

For all his faults, James Brown remembered his community and felt a duty to take care of them. His charity and kindness to Augusta should always be remembered. Thank you Rev. Sharpton for carrying on James Brown's spirit of charity.

The Godfather
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The Godfather 11/24/08 - 09:17 am
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Remember to give thanks and

Remember to give thanks and to help the less fortunate.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 11/24/08 - 09:23 am
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Wonder what he could have

Wonder what he could have done had he been educated & able to resist drugs & wild women? This poor guy worked his tail off, had tons of talent & every one tried to rob him. Some still are. Rest well, JB.

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devilishlymad67 11/24/08 - 09:46 am
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it is a shame that they chose

it is a shame that they chose that racist self involved hate baiting sorry excuse for a human to be the representative for the charity.

KingJames
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KingJames 11/24/08 - 09:48 am
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I'm glad to see this

I'm glad to see this tradition continue. It doesn't really matter who donated the turkeys. If they wanted recognition they would have requested to be honored long ago. Let's just accept that some people, even some companies prefer to do good for the sake of doing good and don't want to be recognized for it. At any rate, the gestures of kindness for the turkeys and later on for the toys are never forgotten by the community. That is the main focus of these two events, not who gives what to make them happen. God bless everyone involved in the coordination of continuing Mr. Brown's efforts to try to bring joy to the people of Augusta.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/24/08 - 09:49 am
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Yes the nerve that is tired

Yes the nerve that is tired of you Naysayers that cannot contribute anything positive to a topic.

KingJames
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KingJames 11/24/08 - 09:52 am
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Devilishlymad67, that means

Devilishlymad67, that means you won't be in line to get your turkey. I'm sure it won't be lost just because you are not there. Try to remember that this is not an Al Sharpton event, nor is it really a James Brown event; but rather an event for the people of Augusta. If you don't like Rev. Sharpton, then stay home. Better yet, buy a turkey and give it away to someone so that you can contribute to the community directly yourself.

Farful
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Farful 11/24/08 - 09:54 am
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Good one, King. Everyone pay

Good one, King. Everyone pay attention.

Lorraine
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Lorraine 11/24/08 - 10:49 am
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I am grateful that Mr. James

I am grateful that Mr. James Brown initiated this worthy event in our community and that our great residents of the CSRA continues to carry out Mr. Brown's wishes in feeding the hungry during the Thanksgiving holiday. James Brown was such a great humanitarian. God bless each of you. For devilishlymad67, you could have kept your offensive comments to yourself. What have you done lately in the way of making a positive humanitarian contribution to our society or speaking on the behalf of a worthy cause such as this one?

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PTHS225 11/24/08 - 10:49 am
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Hypo - It looked to me like

Hypo - It looked to me like karma wants to offer thanks to those who are helping out folks with donations. Then she asked that those not in need of a turkey to leave them for those that actually need them. I can't see how that is negative at all. Don't show up in here with a case of angry black man syndrome for no reason at all. Perhaps you feel guilty now because you were planning to snag a few for the firehouse?

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palomino9 11/24/08 - 11:07 am
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sharpton is a hypocrite, I

sharpton is a hypocrite, I overheard he and Jesse Jackson speaking during dinner , when they were in town for Brown's funeral, and the term '[filtered word]' came up several times

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augustadog 11/24/08 - 11:13 am
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I am a 57 year old white man

I am a 57 year old white man and have been to literally hundreds of concerts in my time. Nothing compares to James Brown and the Famous Flames in the mid to late 60's. I cherish the memories of those shows, not missing a one during my High School years. James was the ultimate showman. He never forgot where he came from and dispite his flaws, he was a hell of a man which I always respected and always will. RIP Godfather.

Lorraine
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Lorraine 11/24/08 - 11:18 am
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palomino9, your comments are

palomino9, your comments are not credible and in all likelihood, you were no where near Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson at James Brown funeral.

Safe at Home
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Safe at Home 11/24/08 - 12:03 pm
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James Brown was a good man

James Brown was a good man and truly loved to help people. Al Sharpton is a snake in the grass and is only looking out for himself.

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Tujeez 11/24/08 - 12:06 pm
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Hippogritz, The more I read,

Hippogritz, The more I read, the more clear your choice of names becomes to me. You can leave your judgement at the door. Taking charity when you don't need it is the ultimate sin.

whitescorpion
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whitescorpion 11/24/08 - 12:20 pm
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I've had many encounters with

I've had many encounters with Mr. Brown. As a child I have many fond memories of the man. Ditto Safe at Home.

palomino9
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palomino9 11/24/08 - 12:55 pm
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lorraine, I did not say that

lorraine, I did not say that I was at the funeral, I was at a local restaurant, at the next table from sharpton and jackson, and could hear every word spoken,

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 11/24/08 - 01:39 pm
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actually i was part of a

actually i was part of a group that recently donated 300 pounds of food to the golden harvest food bank. We have also raised enough money and purchased toys for 30 low income families. Can ya'll say the same? Many people have no use for sharpie the con man. And no KJ I won't be in line I don't take handouts, I help organize the handouts. I have been fortunate enough to do so.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/24/08 - 03:49 pm
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PTHS, I am not an angry Black

PTHS, I am not an angry Black man, Unlike you an angry White man. Always crying about how hard it is for you. About reversed discrimination and how Obama is this or that. I am very happy, just tired on [filtered word] Naysayers like you that are always looking for something negative to say about everything. If you do not like who is giving or sponsoring any particle event, then don't participate. I love how anytime a Black person speak out about something he or she is an angry Black person but White are just voicing their opinions.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/24/08 - 05:36 pm
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I think Sharpton's actions

I think Sharpton's actions with the giveaway shows there's some good in everyone if you know where to look. I'd never call him a civil rights activist, race pimp is the closest I'd be able to come, but his adding his name to this media event helps the event much more then it does him. Thanks for showing up Al. This is one charity that does exactly what it says it does, gives holiday food to those that need it.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/24/08 - 05:47 pm
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Hypo, what's that in your

Hypo, what's that in your cereal? You know that whining about picking on the black man because he's black just gets you picked on.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/24/08 - 06:00 pm
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Will you idiots ever get it.

Will you idiots ever get it. I really do not give a damn if you love or hate Blacks. I do not lose any sleep over it. The only one whining are you and your ILK. Everyone gets it. You believe most Blacks are criminals and free loaders. We know that you believe that you are more intelligent than Blacks are. We know that even the poorest of White believe that they are better than the most educated and successful Black. My point. No one but you gives a damn.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/24/08 - 06:32 pm
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Hypo, no one believes all

Hypo, no one believes all that poop but the ones that the race pimps have convinced, and they're not white. Obama is president elect, we're all equal now. If someone says otherwise, they're wrong. Can't someone be wrong? This isn't personal unless you give someone the power to make it personal.

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