A Thanksgiving tradition sponsored by James Brown is being continued in this first year after the soul pioneer's death with the annual turkey giveaway in his hometown of Augusta, Ga.

In his place, longtime confidant and civil rights activist Al Sharpton will hand out the first turkey Monday.

Brown, who started the turkey tradition in 1991, died of heart failure last Christmas at age 73. More than 1,000 turkeys are usually distributed at the pre-Thanksgiving event, said the Rev. Larry Fryer, who assisted Brown with previous giveaways. The Brown family also will continue Brown's annual Christmas toy giveaway on Dec. 20.