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REV. AL SHARPTON

National Action Network

REV. AL SHARPTON is a strong advocate for equal rights when it comes to healthcare, education and voting. Not only is he a well-known civil rights leader, he is also the founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN) which is comprised of over 100 chapters throughout the U.S. He has been at the forefront of the modern civil rights movement for nearly a half of a century.  He has championed police reform and accoutnability, fought for voting rights and equity in education and healthcare, and has advocated for those who have been victimized including Yusef Hawkins, Michael Stewart, Amadou Diallo, Abner Louia, Sean Bell, Trayvon Maritn, Eric Garner and others.

Sharpton’s accomplishments started in his youth. At the young age of 4 at Brooklyn’s Washington Temple Church of God in Christ, he already preached his first sermon. Then at 13 years old, he served as the Youth Director of New York’s Operation Breadbasket, which was the economic arm of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). By the time he was 16, he founded the National Youth Movement, Inc., which gathered youths from different parts of the U.S. to raise voter registration, to make cultural awareness more prominent, and to bring forth an increase in job training programs. 

His later achievements include but are not limited to being the host of Politics Nation on MSNBC and the radio shows Keepin’ It Real and Sunday Mornings with Al Sharpton.

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