NEW YORK — There were lights, there were cameras and even a velvet rope. Bernie Sanders, fresh off off a win in the New Hampshire primary made his first stop the morning after at Sylvia's in Harlem for a coffee date with Reverend Al Sharpton.
"I think it is very important that he set the signal that on the morning after a historic victory the widest margin we've seen in the history of New Hampshire he would come to Harlem and have breakfast with me," Sharpton said.
Sharpton was reluctant to announce an endorsement of any candidate just yet, but the power and message of this meeting spoke volumes.
Some, however, were not too pleased with Senator Sanders pitstop. Community activist Tony Herbert said he believed there was a misconception out there about the Reverend, that he somehow represents all black people and for Herbert, that's far from the truth and it will cost Bernie Sanders his vote.
"He is a leader in the black community, but he doesn't lead all black folks. So, in all reality whoever is the handlers of this particular individual, Bernie Sanders, they got the message wrong. They need to meet with everybody in our community," Herbert said.
Bishop Gerald Seabrook also said he didn't believe other leaders, like himself should be forgotten by the Sanders camp. If Sharpton gets a meeting, Seabrook believes others should as well and he echoed Herbert's sentiments over Sharpton. Too often, both said, politicians have approached Sharpton because his name carries national recognition.
Despite his strong views, Herbert is quick to say he has nothing personally against Reverand Sharpton and acknowledged some of the great work he has done.
However, Herbert does believe the voice of the minority and African American community is far louder and greater than just that of Sharpton's alone and that's something Herbert said Sanders doesn't understand just yet.