Christians are mourning the death of one of the nation’s leading religious figures.
Reverend Al Sharpton, the father of Rev. Jesse Jackson, died on Christmas Day at the age of 78.
A memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Episcopal Cathedral in New York City.
Sharpton’s funeral will be broadcast live on CBS.
Sharptons son, Jonathan, will be the host of CBS’ “Live” and he will be accompanied by his wife, Michelle.
In a statement released Sunday, Sharpton said his death was a “deep loss.”
“As a pastor, I knew that I was not a Christian, but I also knew that we needed to do better,” Sharpton wrote.
“The only way I can be a good Christian is to make God a part of my life and my faith.”
In addition to being a beloved father, Sharptins son will be an active public servant in the U.S. Congress and an adviser to President Donald Trump, who is hosting a holiday reception for Sharptoons widow, Laverne, and daughter, Lavinia.
“It was a gift to me that I can’t imagine anyone else receiving,” Sharptpton wrote in a message to his son.
“I will miss you, Jonathan.
Thank you for being there for me and for giving me strength.
I’m so proud of you.”
In a brief statement released Monday, Trump said that Sharpton and Jackson had been friends and were friends to each other for many years.
He called Sharpton a “friend of the church” and said he will miss him and his “spiritual family.”
Sharpton was a longtime critic of President Barack Obama, who was the first black president.
In 2006, Sharplots son was sentenced to 10 years in prison for tax evasion and other charges after he failed to pay $2.6 million in taxes.
Sharplits attorney, John Dowd, told The Wall St. Journal that the president was unaware of the charges and was disappointed to learn of Sharptons death.
“This was not something that was discussed with him,” Dowd said.
“He was not aware of it.
He didn’t even know it had happened.”
The president has said that he does not remember Sharpton as a person, but that he “truly loved” the pastor.
In an interview with the New York Times in 2008, Sharpe said he had forgiven his father for some of the comments he had made.
“My father had a big heart,” Sharpe told the Times.
“When I think about his life, and his legacy, I would forgive everything he said about me.
But I didn’t do it on purpose.
I was too young, I was just too naive.”