Facts of Al Sharpton
|Full Name||Al Sharpton|
|Birth Name||Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr.|
|Profession||Activist, Baptist Minister, Talk Show Host|
|Birth City||New York City|
|Father Name||Alfred Charles Sharpton Sr.|
|Mother Name||Ada Richards|
|No Of Children||2|
|Filmography||Cold Feet,Bamboozled,Mr. Deeds,Malcolm X|
|Date of Birth||October 3,1954|
|Married Date||October 31,1980|
Who Is Al Sharpton?
Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. aka Al Sharpton is an American civil rights activist, talk show host, Baptist minister, and politician who is also the founder of the National Action Network.
Since 2007, Sharpton hosts his own talk show called Keepin’ It Real with Al Sharpton and also makes regular guest appearances on cable news television. He was named the host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, a nightly talk show which was later shifted to Sunday mornings.
Learn More About Al Sharpton
Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. was born on 3rd October 1954 in New York City, the United States of America to Ada Richards, and Alfred Charles Sharpton Sr. He comes from Afro-American descent and holds American nationality.
He went to Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn. He then enrolled at Brooklyn College before dropping out in 1975.
How Rich Is The American Activist?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Sharpton is estimated to be worth $500 thousand as of November 2019. He is reported to receive an estimated amount of $500 thousand per season as the host of Politics Nation on MSNBC.
As per various sources, the average salary of a politician ranges from $165,200 to $174,000 annually. In a similar way, a Baptist minister earns around $41,000 excluding housing.
At a young age, Sharpton was appointed to serve as youth director of the New York City branch of Operation Breadbasket, a group that is focused on the promotion of new and better jobs for Afro-Americans.
In 1971, Al founded the Nation Youth Movement to raise resources for impoverished youth. The organization fights against drugs and raise money for children in the inner cities.
Founded National Action Network
In 1991, Al founded an organization called National Action Network, designed to increase voter education, to provide services to those in poverty, and to support small community businesses.
Here is a list of few notable protests made by Al Sharpton throughout the years:
On 23rd August 1989, four African-American teenagers were beaten by a group of 10 to 30 white Italian-American youths in Bensonhurst, a Brooklyn neighborhood. As per witness, one resident armed with a handgun shot and killed the 16-year-old Yusef Hawkins.
In the following weeks, Sharpton led several marches through Bensonhurst. In May 1990, one of the two leaders of the mob was acquitted of the most serious charges brought against him.
On 12th January 1991, moments before the protest began, Sharpton was stabbed in the chest by Michael Riccardi who tried to kill him. Al recovered from his wounds and asked the judge for leniency when Michael was sentenced. Until 2003, Sharpton received $200,000 annually for 12 years from the lawsuit.
- Crown Heights riot
- Freddie’s Fashion Mart
- Amadou Diallo: In 1999, Sharpton led a protest to raise awareness about the death of Amadou Diallo who was an immigrant from Guinea. Diallo was shot to death by NYPD officers. Her family was later awarded $3 million in a wrongful death suit filed against the city.
- Vieques: In 2001, Al was jailed for 90 days on trespassing charges while protesting against U.S. military target practice exercises in Puerto Rico near a U.S. Navy bombing site.
- Ousmane Zongo
- Sean Bell
- Dunbar Village
Moreover, Sharpton also served as an adviser to President Barack Obama and as Obama’s go-to man on racial issues.
Besides his political career, Al has made several cameo appearances in movies like Cold Feet, Bamboozled, Mr. Deeds, and Malcolm X.
In a similar way, some of his television shows credits include New York Undercover, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Boston Legal, Rescue Me, and My Wife and Kids.
In June 2015, Sharpton signed a contract with Matrix Media to produce and host a live two-hour daily talk show, however, the show never aired. The same year, he signed a contract with Radio One to a national talk show titled Keepin It Real with Al Sharpton. The show first aired on 30th January 2006.
Where Does The Politician Reside?
The 65-year-old Sharpton is reported to reside in New York along with his family. The average house price in New York City Ranges around $669,500, whereas, we can get an apartment for $16,000 to $24,000.
Also, Sharpton rides around some expensive cars around the city.
What Happened To Al Sharpton’s Tax Issues?
In 1993, Al pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for failing to file a state income tax return. The authorities also discovered that one of his for-profit companies called Raw Talent was not paying taxes for a few years.
On 9th May 2008, the Associated Press reported that Al Sharpton and his company owned around $1.5 million in unpaid taxes and penalties. Likewise, he owned $931,000 in federal income tax and $366,000 to New York and his for-profit company, Rev. Al Communications owned addition $176,000 to the state.
On 29th September 2010, Robert Snell of The Detroit News reported that Sharpton was filed a notice of federal tax lien of over $538,000 in New York City by the Internal Revenue Service. As of November 2014, Sharpton and his for-profit company owed $4.5 million in state and federal taxes as per The New York Times.
After a while, Al refuted the reports and stated that the liens had been paid down, however, the paid amount was not disclosed to the public.
Did You Know Al Sharpton Separated From His Wife?
Sharpton met his now-former wife Kathy Jordan while touring with James Brown in 1971. The couple started dating and tied the knot shortly on 31st October 1980.
Together they share two daughters: Dominique and Ashley Sharpton. Unfortunately, the couple separated in 2004 due to personal reasons.
Sources claim that Al is currently dating a girl named Aisha McShaw. The duo was often seen holding hands during various events.