Al Sharpton

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Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. on October 3, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. He was ordained as a Pentecostal minister at the age of 10. In the late 1960s, Sharpton became active in the civil rights movement, joining the Southern Christian Leadership Conference out of Atlanta. During the 1980s, Sharpton got involved in many high-profile cases in the New York City area that affected the African American community and led several protests against what he believed were injustices and incidents of racial discrimination.

In 1987, Sharpton became embroiled in the Tawana Brawley case, a case that would haunt him for years. Brawley, an African American teenager, claimed she was raped by a group of white men. Some were even thought to be police officers. The case was later dismissed by a grand jury, which reportedly concluded the teenager had made up the story.

In 1992 and in 1994 Sharpton ran for the U.S. Senate. He also ran for mayor of New York in 1997. In 2004, Sharpton attracted national attention by trying to become the Democratic Party's presidential candidate.


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