The Harlem-based minister and head of the National Action Network, the Rev. Al Sharpton has never abdicated his responsibility to draw attention to the diverse problems affecting the Black community.
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During this past year, he has been in the forefront of the push for justice in such ordeals as the wedding-day shooting death of Sean Bell by NYPD; the unfair incarceration of the six Black teens in Jena, La.; the kidnapping-torture-rape of a 20-year-old Black woman by six Whites in West Virginia; and the call for responsibility among African Americans in how we depict ourselves in music and entertainment.