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Sharpton officials to visit church where skit performed

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) -- 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.

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