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Al Sharpton

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Born Oct 3, 1954

Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr. is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show host. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election. He hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin’ It Real, and he makes regular guest appearances on Fox News CNN, and MSNBC. He has recently been named the host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation, a nightly talk show which premiered on August 29, 2011.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1954 Birth Born on October 3, 1954.
1963 8 Years Old In 1963, Sharpton's father left his wife to have a relationship with Sharpton's half-sister. … Read More

TEENAGE

1969 14 Years Old In 1969, Sharpton was appointed by Jesse Jackson to serve as youth director of the New York City branch of Operation Breadbasket, a group that focused on the promotion of new and better jobs for African Americans.
1971 16 Years Old In 1971 Sharpton founded the National Youth Movement to raise resources for impoverished youth. Bernhard Goetz shot four African-American men on a New York City Subway train in Manhattan on December 22, 1984, when they approached him and allegedly tried to rob him. … Read More
1972 17 Years Old In 1972, he accepted the position of youth director for the presidential campaign of African-American Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. … Read More

TWENTIES

1980 25 Years Old …  Sharpton and Jordan married in 1980. … Read More

THIRTIES

1990 35 Years Old In May 1990 when one of the two leaders of the mob was acquitted of the most serious charges brought against him, Sharpton led another protest through Bensonhurst.
1991 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1991, when other members of the gang were given light sentences, Sharpton planned another march for January 12, 1991. … Read More

FORTIES

1997 42 Years Old …  In 1997, he ran for Mayor of New York City. … Read More
1999 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1999, Sharpton led a protest to raise awareness about the death of Amadou Diallo, an immigrant from Guinea who was shot to death by NYPD officers. … Read More
In 2001 Sharpton was jailed for 90 days on trespassing charges while protesting against U.S. military target practice exercises in Puerto Rico near a United States Navy bombing site.
2002 47 Years Old In 2002 Sharpton was involved in protests following the death of West African immigrant Ousmane Zongo. Zongo, who was unarmed, was shot by an undercover police officer during a raid on a warehouse in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Sharpton met with the family and also provided some legal services. On November 25, 2006, Sean Bell was shot and killed in the Jamaica section of Queens, New York by plainclothes detectives from the New York Police Department in a hail of 50 bullets. The incident sparked fierce criticism of the police from the public and drew comparisons to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo. … Read More
2004 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election. … Read More

FIFTIES

2005 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On December 15, 2005, Sharpton agreed to repay $100,000 in public funds he received from the federal government for his 2004 Presidential campaign. … Read More
During 2007, Sharpton was accused of bigotry for comments he made on May 7, 2007, concerning presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his religion, Mormonism: … Read More
2008 53 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 11, 2008, Sharpton held a press conference to highlight what he said was unequal treatment of four suspected rapists in a high-profile crime in the Dunbar Village Housing Projects in West Palm Beach, Florida. … Read More
2009 - 2011 3 More Events
2012 57 Years Old Following the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, Sharpton led several protests and rallies criticizing the Sanford Police Department over the handling of the shooting and called for Zimmerman's arrest: "Zimmerman should have been arrested that night. … Read More
2013 58 Years Old In July 2013, the New York Daily News reported that Sharpton, while still married to his second wife (the first being Marsha Tinsley), now had a self-described "girlfriend", Aisha McShaw, aged 35, and that the couple had "been an item for months. photographed at elegant bashes all over the country." … Read More
In 2014, Sharpton began a push for criminal justice reform, citing the fact that black people represent a greater proportion of those arrested and incarcerated in America. … Read More
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