Sharpton used to be a dishwasher at Landover Baptist Church. It is
common knowledge among the colored help, TO THIS DAY! that Al would listen
in on Pastor Ebeneezer through the air duct in Landover Towers' Restaurant
Kitchen. He heard every word of every sermon from 1960-71. "Those
sermons were to be heard by members who had reserved seating in the Main
Sanctuary!" one worker recalls.
Landover Security Officer, Russ Meyers remembers.."Al would have his
ear shoved up against the wall, listening through the air conditioning
duct that led from Pastor Ebeneezer's private office, down to the kitchen.
Whenever we asked him what he was doing, he always said he was 'just tired'
and leanin' his head up 'against the wall.' Well I didn't pay it
no mind until I seen him on TV years later. It was then that I knew that
everything that Al Sharpton ever learned about preaching, he learned
from Pastor Ebeneezer Smith."
Al Sharpton refused to comment on the subject. He denies again
and again any association with Landover Baptist Church. Rev. Smith remarks,
"He owes me an apology, or at least owes his congregation an explanation
of where he got his excellent preaching skills." It's not likely
we will ever see a public announcement from Mr. Sharpton himself. Although
we have employee photographs and church records to prove that
he was here, Rev. Sharpton denies it emphatically, stating, "They lots
of Al Sharptons in the world today, I never did no kitchen work."