In fact, a press release from Rev. Sharpton’s spokesperson, Rachel Noerdlinger, says he will deliver the eulogy for King at 2pm at the Forest Lawn Hall of Liberty in Hollywood Hills
“Rodney King was a symbol of civil rights and he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time,” says Sharpton in a statement sent to EURweb. “It was his beating that made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct. I recently spent time with him on the release of his new book just a couple of months ago and he did my radio and TV show. Through all that he had gone through with his beating and his personal demons he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for people to overcome and forgive. History will record that it was Rodney King’s beating and his actions that made America deal with the excessive misconduct of law enforcement.”
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King’s family and friends also will make remarks, along with screenwriter and producer Deidra Wayans and radio host Margaret Prescod.
King, who became a symbol for civil rights after his brutal beating by police helped spark the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was found dead June 17 in a backyard swimming pool at his Rialto, California home.