MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Memphis area Sunday, according to his office in Washington.
The Vice President is scheduled to take a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.
He also plans to visit the Holy City Church of God in Christ in Raleigh and will deliver remarks in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Some are calling this visit a political move.
The pastor of Holy City Church of God in Christ in Raleigh said he has mixed opinions about Vice President Mike Pence coming to his church Sunday.
He didn’t want to talk on camera, but said it’s still an honor for the Vice President to come here.
Bishop Brandon Porter, who’s a board member for COGIC, said over the phone that he didn’t know staff from the White House planned to reach out to another COGIC church after they initially reached out to him.
“Since they couldn’t come to Mason Temple I said well you don’t need to come to my church,” said Bishop Porter.
Porter suggested they go to Mason Temple because it’s where Dr. King gave his last speech, and it’s the COGIC headquarters.
“I was somewhat not offended but disappointed that vice president could not fit in his schedule to come five minutes from the National Civil Rights Museum to Mason Temple to the place where Dr. King had his last message of hope and peace,” said Bishop Porter.
Pastor Ricky Floyd of Pursuit of God Church in Frayser said Pence is sending a powerful message by coming to the inner city to speak to worshipers Sunday.
“Probably a little different than most of our clergy. I think the fact that the vice president is coming to our city and even the North MEMPHIS side of town. I celebrate that fact and because he’s coming to honor Martin Luther King,” said Pastor Floyd.
Bishop Porter said It’s important to note that COGIC is not bringing Pence here. It’s something a local pastor is allowing to happen.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there are temporary flight restrictions at Memphis International Airport for “VIP movement” between 9:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
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