Members of the Reverend Al Sharpton's organization are planning a visit next Sunday to the Gastonia church where a black-face skit has generated controversy.
The skit at Pilgrim Baptist Church in May was one of several performances. Church officials say the skit at a banquet was intended to honor the history of gospel music --not-- poke fun at anyone.
Pastor Thomas Holbrooks Junior urged his congregation to welcome members of Sharpton's National Action Network. A Charlotte-based representative of Sharpton's group has asked the church for an apology.