Rev. Al Sharpton, who is coming to Norwalk Tuesday evening to attend the NAACP rally, says he is not coming in support of Tanya McDowell, the Bridgeport woman arrested for sending her son to a Norwalk school. He says he is coming to support access to quality education for all students.
A press release issued this morning by National Action Network, Sharpton's civil rights organization reads: "Contrary to several reports, neither National Action Network, nor Rev. Sharpton, are coming to Connecticut in response to the case of Tanya McDowell because we have not investigated or looked into the matter extensively. We will receive information from the state NAACP pertaining to their involvement but until we review it, Rev. Sharpton, nor any other NAN official will address this case without having full knowledge of the particulars."
According to the release, Sharpton's attendance at the rally is part of a "continued national drive to encourage all young people to pursue educational excellence and for all cities and municipalities to have open access to students for quality education."
Sharpton has been an education advocate for the last four years, visiting cities across the country. The release continues, "Rev. Al Sharpton and Secretary Duncan will appear together in Los Angeles on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' this Friday at Crenshaw High School, and we see Rev. Sharpton's appearance tonight as consistent with our national drive for education and should not be confused with other issues."