Al Sharpton

Activist Born Alfred Charles Sharpton, Jr. on October 3, 1954, he is the founder of the National Action Network, an organization dedicated to promoting “the modern civil rights agenda.” At age 10, Sharpton became an ordained minister and has since emerged as a leading voice on social issues. In the ‘60s Sharpton joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In the ‘80s, Sharpton became a polarizing figure, taking on high profile cases such as Tawana Brawley’s, an African-American teenager who claimed white men raped her. He has since made several unsuccessful bids for public office, including a 2004 run for the Democratic presidential nomination. “The Rev” is the host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, as well as his own syndicated radio show.  He is also the 2012 recipient of the BET Humanitarian Award.

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Rev. Al Sharpton Has Some Words for the Oscars Academy

The political figure is not here for the lack of diversity among this year's nominees.

BET News Special: Will Video of Laquan McDonald's Death Cause Chicago to Rise

The video of the brutal shooting is difficult to watch. (11/24/2015)

BET News Special: Who Got The Juice? O.J. Simpson: 20 Years Later

BET News explores the trial of the century 20 years later. (10/11/2015)

Wendy Williams: Al Sharpton Trumps Donald

Highlights: Sharpton doesn’t think Donald Trump can run the country. (10/8/2015)

Family of Eric Garner: 'Victory Will Come When We Get Justice'

Amid receiving a $5.9 million settlement from New York City for the death of Eric Garner last July, the victim's family says justice can't be bought. Garner's widow, mother and children spoke at a press conference Tuesday and said they will contin...

Al Sharpton Launches Hunger Strike For Loretta Lynch Confirmation

"Get her confirmed... Let her do her job. This is embarrassing," President Obama said.
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