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Al Sharpton

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Al Sharpton Biography

The Reverend Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is a Pentecostal minister, a political activist, civil rights activist and film actor. Sharpton ran for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States in 2004.

Al Sharpton was born in 1954 to a middle class family in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a boxer and landlord. Until the age of ten, he lived a comfortable life in Queens. He preached his first sermon at the age of four, and soon became famous in Brooklyn as the "wonderboy preacher," even touring with gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Licensed and ordained a Minister at age 10 by Bishop F.D. Washington in 1964. In 1963, his parents separated. Sharpton recalls in a 2002 interview "My daddy walked out on us, and he married my half-sister, Tina. Tina was my mother's daughter from a previous marriage." His mother took a job as a maid, earning very little, and qualified for welfare; the family moved from their middle class home in Queens to the projects in Brownsville. Read Full Bio >>


Al Sharpton Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2012 BET Awards Humanitarian Award Won

Al Sharpton Trivia

  • He is the basis for the character "Reverend Bacon" in the novel and film The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990).


Al Sharpton Photos

  • Al Sharpton

    8th Annual "Essence of Ebony" Summerstage 2013 Fashion Showcase and Artist Preshow

  • Al Sharpton, Chris Matthews

    2013 White House Correspondents Association Dinner - Arrivals

  • Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean

    3rd Annual Triumph Awards

  • Benjamin Crump, Tracy Martin, Jahvaris Fulton, Sabrina Fulton, Al Sharpton

    Essence Music Festival 2012 New Orleans - Day 2 - Seminars and Backstage

  • Al Sharpton

    2012 BET Awards - Arrivals

  • Al Sharpton

    6th Annual Pre-BET Awards Celebration Dinner - Arrivals

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