Al Sharpton

Founder & President at National Action Network Inc.

Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton

Founder & President at National Action Network Inc.

Biography

National Action Network
Rev. Al Sharpton
Founder & President
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 fifty Chapters nationwide. As one of the nation’s most-renowned civil rights leaders, Rev. 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. Sharpton is currently the host of a television show on MSNBC that analyzes the top political and social news of the day featuring the country’s leading newsmakers. In the first full year on the air, “PoliticsNation” with Rev. Al Sharpton at 6 p.m. had the best performance in the time period ever for MSNBC. MSNBC was the only cable news network to grow at 6 p.m. Rev. Sharpton also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show “Keepin it Real” that is heard daily all over the country, and two local New York radio shows. Rev. Sharpton delivers live remarks at NAN’s weekly Saturday Rally at NAN’s Harlem headquarters the “House of Justice” that is broadcast live on NAN’s website www.nationalactionnetwork.net each Saturday from 9-11 a.m.

National Action Network, under Rev. Sharpton’s leadership has become the most active social justice organization in the country and President Obama said it candidly in his keynote address at NAN’s 20th anniversary Keepers of the Dream Awards Dinner, that National Action Network is not the National “Satisfaction” Network, it is the National “Action” Network, highlighting that “Action” is what Rev. Sharpton and NAN are about.

The year 2012 was highlighted by NAN activism around key cases and the organization led the nationwide campaigns around voter engagement, national gun violence intervention, health care reform, and justice for Trayvon Martin including calling for reform in states that practice Stand Your Ground laws. Other recent NAN accomplishments include a march of over 40,000 in New York against stop-and-frisk policing and racial profiling, a historic march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights and immigration reform, NAN’s national convention keynoted by the Attorney General of the United States, five Cabinet members and leading civil rights activists, a nationwide labor tour with leading labor organizations including AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) that led to the defeat of proposed bill SB5 (Senate Bill 5) that was an assault on worker’s rights; a March for Jobs and Justice on Capitol Hill; a 25-city Jobs rally; an Agreement, along with the NAACP and the National Urban League, and Comcast and NBC Universal (Memorandum of Understanding – MOU), to expand current diversity initiatives intended to increase diversity in a wide range of areas including programming and employment. This Agreement was the largest Agreement with civil rights groups in history and commitments were made with at least eight new independently owned and operated networks where minorities have substantial participation either through ownership or operational control will be launched. Finally, other recent highlights include NAN opening a Washington, DC, Bureau to monitor and work on social policy issues that involve the Congress and White House, and the successful 3rd annual Triumph Awards in New York at Jazz at Lincoln center, a star-studded event that was highlighted by presentations to Award-winning filmmaker George Lucas, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and more.. The year 2012 also witnessed honorary doctorates bestowed upon Rev. Sharpton from Virginia Union University and Bethune Cookman College. Rev. Sharpton also received the BET Humanitarian Award at the network’s annual awards show.

In 2010, Rev. Sharpton was featured on the cover of Newsweek Magazine and the opening sentence in the story echoed what many have said about him even since he was a child prodigy: “If we didn’t have an Al Sharpton, we would have to create one” and CBS network’s top rated show 60 Minutes in a May 2011 profile stated: “Sharpton is the go to Black leader today.” A recent Wall Street Journal cover story on him described how he has grown from the premier politician of protest to the ultimate political pragmatist (Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2010), and this year, Rev Al Sharpton was selected to be profiled in a cover story in Ebony Magazine along with 7 others, including President Barack Obama, for the magazine’s Power 150 Edition.

In the October 19th, 2009 issue of New York Magazine, Rev. Sharpton was featured as the only African-American listed among the “Top 12 Most Powerful People in New York City. A USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted in July 2008 called Rev. Sharpton the leader in the country that Blacks turn to speak for them on the issue of race, second only to then Senator Barack Obama. In February 2007, Rev. Sharpton was called “the most prominent civil rights activist in the nation” by the New York Daily News.

Whether it was his noteworthy Presidential run as a candidate for the Democratic Party in 2004, or his compelling speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, Reverend Sharpton has had an irrefutable impact on national politics and civil rights because of his strong commitment to equality and progressive politics. In April of 2001, Coretta Scott King hailed him as “a voice for the oppressed, a leader who has protested injustice with a passionate and unrelenting commitment to nonviolent action in the spirit and tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.” 47-years after the historic March on Washington where her late husband Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech,” Rev. Sharpton and National Action Network recently led 30,000 people in the “Reclaim the Dream” rally and march.

Rev. Sharpton is a leader on issues regarding education and the fight to ensure equity in the U.S. education system that continues to fail its highest-need students, despite the 55 years that have lapsed since Brown v. Board of Education. President Barack Obama echoed this in his address at the NAACP 100thAnniversary Celebration when he exclaimed “the state of our schools is not an African American problem; it is an American problem. Because if Black and Brown children cannot compete, then America cannot compete. And let me say this, if Al Sharpton, Mike Bloomberg, and Newt Gingrich can agree that we need to solve the education problem, then that’s something all of America can agree we can solve. Those guys came into my office. Just sitting in the Oval Office – I kept on doing a double-take. So that’s a sign of progress and it is a sign of the urgency of the education problem. All of us can agree that we need to offer every child in this country – every child -”(President Barack Obama, July 16, 2009)

Throughout his career, Rev. Al Sharpton has challenged the American political establishment to include all people regardless of race, gender, socio-economic status, or beliefs. In fact, few political figures have been more visible than Rev. Sharpton in the last two decades. Rev. Sharpton’s oratory skills have served as a platform for making changes in the American social and political establishment. He is a nationally-syndicated radio host, T.V. personality, and columnist. He has four popular radio shows broadcast throughout the country, a nationally syndicated television show, and a column that appears in national newspapers across the country. He held billions of people spellbound as he delivered a riveting memorial for the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson—a close friend to Rev. Sharpton and National Action Network– and he gave a heartfelt and memorable eulogy at Michael Jackson’s private burial. On two occasions in 2002, Michael came to NAN’s “House of Justice” to discuss artist’s rights and fairness in the entertainment industry.

Born on October 3, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, Al Sharpton began his ministry at the tender age of four, preaching his first sermon at Washington Temple Church of God & Christ in Brooklyn. Just five years later, the Washington Temple church’s legendary Bishop F.D. Washington licensed Al Sharpton, his protégé, to be a Pentecostal minister.

Rev. Sharpton’s civil rights career began almost as early as his ministry. At thirteen, Revs. Jesse Jackson and William Jones appointed Sharpton youth director of New York’s SCLC Operation Breadbasket, an organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1971.

At the age of sixteen, Sharpton founded the National Youth Movement, Inc. which organized young people around the country to push for increased voter registration, cultural awareness, and job training programs. It was at that time that he forged a friendship with Teddy Brown, the son of the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown. Tragically, Teddy was killed in a car accident and, in the months that followed his passing, James Brown took Reverend Sharpton in as though he was his own and they developed an inexplicable bond. Rev. Sharpton was shaped by his surrogate father Mr. Brown who taught him, “You can’t set your sights on nothing little; you got to go for the whole hog.” Later Rev. Sharpton went on the road with James Brown. From 1994 to 1998, Rev. Sharpton served as the Director of the Ministers Division for the National Rainbow Push coalition under Rev. Jackson.

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Career Highlights

National Action Network Inc.

RelSci Relationships

215

Number of Boards

2

Birthday

10/03/1954

Age

66

Number of Awards

4

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Chief Executive Officer at National Coalition On Black Civic Participation, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at National Urban League, Inc.

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Director of Ministers Division at National Action Network Inc.

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Director at The Raben Group LLC

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President & Executive Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice

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Board Member at Creative Thread Foundation

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Former President & Executive Vice President-Television at National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation

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Board Member at Creative Thread Foundation

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Co-Founder at National Hispanic Media Coalition

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Founder & President at National Action Network Inc.
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Political Donations Received
$2,000
2004
$500
2004
$1,000
2004
Advisors
Advisor

Partner at Mercury

Advisor

Managing Director at Mercury

Awards & Honors
Rank #41
2015
City & State - New York City Power 100
Rank #33
2014
City & State - New York City Power 100
2014
Ebony Magazine - Power 100
Events
Speaker
New York City, NY
2012 RG & Associates Consortium

Attendee
New York City, NY
2012 RG & Associates Consortium

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