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Noted community activist charged with capital murder

Rev. Kenneth Glasgow is under arrest and charged with capital murder after the Sunday killing of a Dothan woman.

Glasgow is the half-brother of activist Rev. Al Sharpton. Glasgow was the leader of a march against gun violence in Alabama on Saturday.

Sunday night, Breunia Jennings, 23, of Dothan was shot and killed. Glasgow has been arrested for the slaying.

Glasgow has a criminal history. He served time for drug charges in the late 1980s. After he was released from prison he apparently had turned his life around. He founded and is the president of The Ordinary People Society, a non-profit organization in Dothan.

“T.O.P.S. is an innovative, faith-based community program founded in 1999,” the organization’s website reads. “T.O.P.S offers hope and creates an environment that provides a continuum of unconditional acceptance and care to individuals and their families who suffer the effects of drug addiction, mass-incarceration, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, hunger and illness-without regard to race, sex, creed, color, religion or social status. T.O.P.S. helps restore people holistically, i.e., spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally. It works with the most disenfranchised members of our community that others exclude.”

He also co-founded Moma Tina’s Mission House in Dothan with his mother. Glasgow has advocated for the restoration of voting rights for ex-cons and for an end to the war on drugs.

“There’s only one thing that’s in America and in the United States that classifies you and declares you a citizen, that’s your right to vote,” Glasgow wrote. “So if I get a felony that takes away my right to vote, so that also takes away my citizenship. So what is this war on drugs really about?”

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Glasgow has been traveling across the South registering prisoners in jails to vote.

Glasgow was also vocal in his belief that the police and the Alabama Department of Corrections have both committed illegal acts. One week after a Mobile police officer shot and killed an armed teenager in June 2016, Glasgow came to Mobile demanding that Officer Harold Hurst face charges in Michael Moore’s death and threatened to shut down two major interstates, I-10 and I-65.

When Alabama prison inmates held a series of protests, Glascow supported the prisoners.

“These are political prisoners, held in inhumane conditions that violate existing laws and policies, for no other reason than because they have engaged in peaceful protest to end slavery in America,” Glascow said. “ADOC is trying to break this movement by isolating its leaders, but we aren’t going to let them be hidden away and forgotten.”

Glasgow is being held on $50,000 bond. An arrest and a charge does not necessarily mean guilt. Glasgow has a right to a trial.

Original Reporting by DothanFirst.com, WDHN, the Alabama Media Group, and RickeyStokesNews.com contributed to this report.

 

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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