|Current||Founder and President of the National Action Network, "a civil rights organization whose mission is to be the voice of empowerment for the disenfranchised throughout America."|
second in the Sept. 9, 1997 New York City Democratic mayoral primary, gaining
32 percent of the vote and nearly forcing Ruth Messinger (40 percent) into
In the Sept. 13, 1994 Democratic U.S. Senate primary gained more than 176,000 votes, or 26 percent of the vote, against incumbent Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
In the Sept. 15, 1992 Democratic U.S. Senate primary finished third with more than 161,000 votes or 14.5 percent of the vote. [E.Abrams 36.9%, G.Ferraro 35.9%, A. Sharpton 14.5%, L.Holtzman 12.7%].
Formed the National Action Network in 1991.
Survived an assassination attempt on Jan. 12, 1991; he was stabbed while organizing a demonstration in Bensonhurst.
Came to national prominence leading demonstrations on high profile racial cases, most notably and controversially as an advisor to Tawana Brawley:
Touring manager for soul singer James Brown.
Founded the National Youth Movement in 1971--took on such causes as Kwanza, the police shooting of 14-year old black youth (demonstration Sept. 1974), and summer jobs for young people (arrested in April 1978 in New York City Hall).
Named youth director for Operation Breadbasket by Jesse Jackson in 1969.
Licensed and ordained by Bishop F.D. Washington in 1964 (at age ten) and appointed Junior Pastor of the Washington Temple congregation.
Preached his first sermon at the Washington Temple Church in Brooklyn at age four.
|Education||Tilden High School. Two years at Brooklyn College (left in 1975).|
|Family||Married to singer Kathy Jordan in 1983. Two daughters, Dominique and Ashley.|
|Age||Born 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. Sharpton's father left his mother when he was age 9.|
by Al Sharpton and Karen Hunter
Al on America, Kensington Books, Oct. 2002.
by Al Sharpton and Anthony
Copyright © 2002 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.