Too many people have suffered and died giving blacks the right to vote for Bridgeporters not to vote on Election Day, Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed Mount Aery Baptist Church on Sunday night.
Sharpton begged the crowd of at least 300 to get out and vote for President Barack Obama.
"Nobody's shooting you, nobody is bombing your churches, nobody is threatening you," said Sharpton. "You are just too lazy and ungrateful to get out and vote."
The event was attended by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and a host of city, state and national politicians, including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, who is in a hotly contested race for the state's other Senate seat.
Most of the evening was spent explaining to the crowd why their vote was important.
"There is no excuse not to," said Rev. Kevin Ginyard, a local pastor and president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. "It's your duty."
Sharpton said there should be no option, but to vote, and he said the White House is not the only thing at stake, but the next 1 to 3 seats on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"This is not about what you like, this is about whether you like yourself," said Sharpton. "Things are too serious for us to be joking ... Everything is at stake in this election. We can't allow them to turn back the clock."