Al Sharpton Career and Net Worth
One man whose contribution to the black race especially in the area of injustice against black has remained unwavering over the years is Al Sharpton. This article explores Al Sharpton Career and Net Worth, How much does Al Sharpton make a year? among others. It sheds light on his rather very modest beginning and how he managed his way up.
Al Sharpton is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show host. Al has a net worth of about $500 thousand as of this writing. He is known as an voceferrous and controversial political activist in the fight against racial prejudice and injustice in America.
Al Sharpton Early Life
Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. was born on October 3, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York City. Al was born to Ada and Alfred Charles Sharpton Sr. His father abandoned the family in 1963, his mother was unable to support the family on her own. This qualified Al and his family for welfare. The family moved from their middle class neighborhood to the public housing projects in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. Al graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School, and proceeded to Brooklyn College, dropping out after two years there. At about nine of ten years, he was licensed and ordained as a minister by Bishop F.D. Washington. After Bishop Washington passed away on the latter part of the 1980s, Al rose to the height of a Baptist. He was re-baptized in 1994 by the Reverend William Augustus Jones making him a Baptist minister.
Al Sharpton Career
Jesse Jackson appointed Sharpton as the youth director of the New York City branch of Operation Breadbasket in 1969. Operation Breadbasket is an organization that promotes better employment opportunities for African Americans. He set up the National Youth Movement to raise resources and funds for impoverished youth in 1971. By the 1980s Al had become a nationally-popular activist for people who have experienced racial prejudice or stereotype. One of his earliest high-profile cases involved a teenager named Tawana Brawley, who alleged that she had been abducted and raped by a group of white men. In 1991, Al founded the National Action Network-an organization dedicated to increasing voter education, support small community businesses, and generally provide resources to those struggling with poverty. Reverend Al Sharpton led a memorial for Michael Jackson at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre in 2009. He paid glowing tribute to Michael Jackson. He described Michael as a “trailblazer” and a “historic figure” who loved the Apollo Theatre. He reminaed resolute in his advocacy for aginst injustice via his television and radio programs. Al started hosting his own daily radio talk show “Keeping It Real with Al Sharpton” in January 2006 on Radio One. Al had also hosted MSNBC show “PoliticsNation” since 2011.
Al Sharpton Personal Life
Sharpton met his future wife Kathy Jordan, a backup singer, while touring with James Brown in 1971. The pair got married in 1980. In 2004, the couple separated. Al was stabbed in the chest by Michael Riccardi while preparing to lead a protest in Brooklyn, New York in January 1991. Riccardi was apprehended by Sharpton’s aides, and convicted of first-degree assault in 1992 with a sentence of 15 years in jail.