Born in New York City, a Civil Rights protege of Jesse Jackson and by extension even Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist Minister like them,
an outspoken voice and leader and energized force in the fight for social justice,
Consistent in his demand and insistence on shining the light on racial injustice when he sees it,
Not without controversy at times, as anyone one at the tip of the spear often finds themselves,
Exemplified by this recount from a call with Coretta Scott King, during which she told him “sometimes you are tempted to speak to the applause of the crowd rather than the heights of the cause, and you will say cheap things to get cheap applause rather than do high things to raise the nation higher”.
Duly acknowledged miss-steps at times, the firebrand, the voice for the voiceless, lives on, and continues to speak up for positive change.
Al Sharpton: “In order to establish peace, you must have fair justice for everyone.”