The Rev. Al Sharpton urged Norwalkers Tuesday night to "come together and deal with the fact that the issue [in the Tanya McDowell case] is not trying to be at each other's throats but to lift each other's children together."
Sharpton was the keynote speaker of the NAACP's rally at Brookside Elementary School in support of Tanya McDowell, who is being prosecuted for stealing an education there for her 5-year-old son.
"My concern is not the past of the mother, but the future of the child," he said. "I don't know anything about the case. We will look into the case, and we will deal with wherever the chips fall, let them fall. But a 5-year-old child should not be pawn of politics, he should be an object of education."
Sharpton said he was preaching at a funeral Tuesday evening but was going to be late because he felt it was important to speak to young people and support the Connecticut NAACP.
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