By Christel York, Special to the AFRO

A working breakfast at New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore to discuss how city stakeholders can expand housing opportunities for distressed communities, was somewhat obscured by the racist rants of Donald Trump on July 29.

Civil Rights activist Al Sharpton was in Baltimore recently and addressed the media after he was attacked via Twitter by Donald Trump. (Photo: Cristel York)

The breakfast and semi think tank was planned months ago by Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of National Action Network and former Maryland Lt. Gov. and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair, Michael Steele. However, recent tweets from Trump disparaging the city of Baltimore and the great work of Congressman Elijah Cummings unexpectedly drew attention to Sharpton’s presence in Baltimore, and a spur of the moment press conference was arranged just hours before the breakfast to publicly denounce Trump’s comments.

The AFRO’s CEO/Publisher, Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, was among others including, Kobe Little of the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP, Leon Pinkett Seventh District Baltimore City Councilman, Julian Jones Jr., Baltimore County Councilman, Larry Young, host of the Larry Young Morning Show on – WOLB 1010 and Maryland State Senator Shirley Nathan Pulliam, in support of Congressman Cummings and the city of Baltimore.