Al Sharpton Fast Facts | CNN

Here’s a look at the life of Al Sharpton, political activist and Baptist minister.

Birthday date: October 3, 1954

Birth place: Brooklyn, New York

Birth name: Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr.

Father: Alfred Sharpton Sr., carpenter/contractor

Mother: Ada Essie (Richards) Sharpton

Weddings: Kathy Jordan Sharpton (1980-2021, divorced); Marsha Tinsley (divorced)

Kids: With Kathy Jordan Sharpton: Ashley and Dominique

Education: He studied at Brooklyn College

Religion: the baptist

He toured with singer James Brown in the 1970s.

Kathy Jordan, Sharpton’s second wife, was the lead singer of Brown.

1964 – He is ordained as a Pentecostal minister.

1969 – Jesse Jackson has been appointed youth director of Operation Breadbasket, a campaign to improve the economic conditions of black neighborhoods.

the 1970s He created the National Youth Movement to raise money for poor youth and to fight against drugs (later called the United African Movement).

1972Shirley Chisholm’s presidential campaign has been named youth director.

1987 – Tawana becomes the spokesperson for the family of Brawley, a black teenager who claims she was kidnapped and raped by a group of white men. When the case is later presented to a grand jury, it is determined that Brawley falsified the account. In 1998, Steven Pagones, accused of raping Brawley, filed a civil suit against Sharpton and others involved in the incident. A jury has ordered Sharpton to pay $65,000 for defamation.

January 1988 – A Newsday article reveals that Sharpton was an FBI informant on organized crime, public figures and black civic leaders.

1989 – 67 are accused of tax evasion, theft and fraud. A jury later acquitted Sharpton of all charges.

1990 – The five black defendants in the Central Park jogging case, where a white female jogger was raped and beaten, plead guilty. In December 2002 all convictions were overturned when another man confessed to the crime and DNA evidence supported his confession.

1991 – He founded the National Action Network, an organization that promotes “a modern civil rights agenda.”

January 12, 1991 – He is stabbed in the chest while leading a march against the verdict in the 1989 murder case of Yusuf Hawkins. The injury is not life threatening. Later, Michael Riccardi is tried for the stabbing and Sharpton speaks at Riccardi’s sentencing hearing, pleading for leniency.

August 26, 1991 – He speaks at the funeral of Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black boy who was hit and killed by a Jewish driver on August 19. Australia was stabbed to death.

1992 – He is the third of four Democratic candidates in the New York primary for US Senate.

1993 – Sharpton has pleaded guilty to failing to file a 1986 state income tax return.

1994 – Daniel ran in the primary for Patrick Moynihan’s US Senate seat and lost.

February 1994 From Pentecost he converts to Baptist and returns to preaching.

1997 He came second in the mayoral primaries of New York with 32% of the vote.

1999 – Amadou Diallo is organizing a huge demonstration after police killed an unarmed man outside his Bronx apartment.

2001 – In protest of military training activities on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico, he has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for abandoning US Army property.

April 22, 2003He formally announces his Democratic candidacy for president.

December 6, 2003 – He hosts NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

March 15, 2004 – Drops out of the 2004 presidential race and supports John Kerry.

May 13, 2004 – The Federal Election Commission orders him to return $100,000 in public funds he received for his 2004 presidential bid.

July 28, 2004Addresses the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

November 2, 2005He speaks at Rosa Parks’ funeral.

September 20, 2007 – He leads several thousand people through Jena, Louisiana in a protest in support of the “Jena Six,” a group of black teenagers accused of beating up a white classmate.

October 8, 2008 – He has been convicted of two counts of disorderly conduct stemming from his arrest at a May 2008 rally.

February 22, 2009 – He’s asking the New York Post to pressure the city government to pull a cartoon that says President Barack Obama was racist. He has met with the FCC to address the exemptions granted to New York Post owner Rupert Murdoch.

April 23, 2009He was fined $285,000 by the FEC after receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in private funds. It was later discovered that his National Action Network had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaign which was supposed to cover his election committee.

May 16, 2009 – Brown v. On the Board of Education’s 55th anniversary, Sharpton and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich have announced that they will work together to explore how the education gap between races and classes can be closed.

June 20, 2009 – He has met with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to discuss allegations of racial profiling.

September 3, 2009 – He gives the eulogy at Michael Jackson’s funeral.

August 29, 2011 – Sharpton’s new show “PoliticsNation” debuts on MSNBC.

April 8, 2014 – Sharpton denies any wrongdoing when he disclosed mob information to the FBI beginning in the 1980s.

August 25, 2014 – Sharpton speaks at the funeral of Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown. In his eulogy, Sharpton criticizes the police and calls on protesters to refrain from violence in Brown’s name.

November 18, 2014 – The New York Times reports that Sharpton and his for-profit companies owe more than $4.5 million in unpaid taxes. In a press conference, Sharpton disputes the report, stating that $4.5 million was the original figure he was ordered to pay back in 2008, but that he has been making regular payments since then and that the amount is now lower.

August 31, 2018 – He speaks at Aretha Franklin’s funeral in Detroit.

June 4, 2020 – As protests against the death of George Floyd sweep the nation, Sharpton has announced that he will organize a march in Washington to mark the 57th anniversary of the historic civil rights demonstration. The event will take place on August 28.

April 20, 2021 Following the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, Sharpton joins Floyd’s family and their lawyers in a prayer, thanking God, as well as prosecutors and the jury, for delivering justice “in the midnight hours.”

June 19, 2022 – “Loudmouth,” a documentary about Sharpton, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.