The Rev. Al Sharpton’s civil rights group, the National Action Network, wants the US military to rename all of its facilities that honor Confederate Army figures including a street named for Robert E. Lee on Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York.
Sharpton will be holding a vigil in front of Fort Hamilton on Saturday. Ahead of that event, Minister Kirsten John Foy, the National Action Network’s northeast regional director, held a press conference in front of the base on Thursday.
Foy said it is “unacceptable” that the main street running through the base is named “General Lee Avenue.” He noted Fort Hamilton’s slogan dubs the base the “face of the United States Army in New York.”