Reverend Al Sharpton is one of the most visible black leaders in the world today. An outspoken political activist for nearly two decades, Sharpton has built a social movement from the ground up, empowering the disenfranchised and giving a voice to the frustrations of thousands. He is now a national political figure, and his success as a role model and leader continues the tradition of influential civil rights leaders like Douglass, King and Jackson.
Rev. Al Sharpton is the founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, New York, with over sixty chapters nationwide including a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices from coast to coast.
As one of the nation's most-renowned civil rights leaders, a March 2013 Zogby poll said one out of every four African-Americans say that Rev. Sharpton is the person that speaks most for them. Rev. Sharpton polled higher than any other civil rights or political leader in this public opinion survey.
Rev. Al Sharpton has been praised by President Barack Obama as "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden," and by former President George W. Bush who said that "Al cares just as much as I care about making sure every child learns to read, write, add and subtract."
Rev. Al Sharpton is currently the host of a daily television show on MSNBC called PoliticsNation that analyzes the top political and social news and features the country's leading newsmakers. The show is so popular it broke MSNBC ratings history with the highest viewership of any show at 6:00 p.m. since the network’s inception. Rev. Sharpton also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show “Keepin it Real” that is heard daily all over the country as well as two weekend radio shows that air in markets within the U.S.
As an activist, Sharpton has been involved in some of the most politically and racially charged events of the past twenty years, fighting against racial injustice and inequality. Now on the national stage, Sharpton’s platform is based on equality for all from public education to voting to health care. He directs a groundbreaking national campaign against police brutality, and his wit and eloquence as a speaker have earned him respect and admiration across class and color lines.
At the podium, Sharpton, one of America’s most passionate and controversial thinkers, provides a message of humanitarianism, tolerance and activism. Challenging oneself to succeed, taking responsibility and being politically involved in the community is the core of Sharpton’s candid presentation. With vigor, humor and charm, he also outlines the steps necessary for corporations to reach out to the minority community and promote social equality.
The author of an autobiography, Go and Tell Pharaoh, and a policy book entitled Al on America, Sharpton’s life is an inspiring role model for today’s disenfranchised, discouraged young Americans. His prophetic voice, sharp mind and relentless ambition allowed him to rise above a broken family and meager circumstances to become the most significant, vibrant figure of the minority community. His latest is The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership.