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We need an amendment that gives us the right to vote protected by the federal government and the Constitution.
Al Sharpton

Everything from who sits on your local board of education to the prosecutors and judicial appointments in your area and much more are all impacted by who holds political office.
Al Sharpton

Dr. King’s general principles are universal. But the things he confronted took place in another era.
Al Sharpton

Evangelicals catapulted George W. Bush back to the White House.
Al Sharpton

I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s, when it was almost a holiday when a black act would go on Ed Sullivan.
Al Sharpton

I was the first candidate to come out against this war, spoke at every anti-war march.
Al Sharpton

I won vice president of my student body in high school. That doesn’t mean anything.
Al Sharpton

If you play the theatrics too much, you get in the way of your own cause.
Al Sharpton

My ministry’s always been one of social activism. I think a responsible minister must be at some levels involved in the social order.
Al Sharpton

My ordination in the Church of God in Christ was at age 9, and I later became a Baptist minister, which I am today.
Al Sharpton

We’re not willing to give black leaders second chances because, in most cases, we’re not willing to give them first chances.
Al Sharpton

In order to establish peace, you must have fair justice for everyone.
Al Sharpton

I’ve learned how to measure what I say. Al Sharpton in 1986 was trying to be heard. I was a local guy and was like, ‘Y’all are ignoring us.’
Al Sharpton

I’m never going to be fat – never again. I’m going to make it easy on my pallbearers.
Al Sharpton

In every era going back to Lincoln with Frederick Douglass, presidents talk to those that were leading at that time.
Al Sharpton

I can call a march, and thousands come out, and I happen to have access to the White House at the same time.
Al Sharpton

Following Michael Brown’s death, I went to Ferguson and met with his parents. I stood with them as they tried to hold their heads high and deal with both their immense loss and the larger issues of police-community relations.
Al Sharpton

My organization, National Action Network (NAN), was on the ground talking and meeting with people in Ferguson, just as we did in Staten Island following Eric Garner’s death.
Al Sharpton

It is up to us to change laws on the books like ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and push elected officials to enact regulations that hold police officers to the same standards as the rest of society. This is why we vote.
Al Sharpton

If the black vote does not come out in big numbers in the age of Ferguson and voter ID, it will empower our adversaries and enhance our marginalization.
Al Sharpton

When you loot or behave violently, you give grounds to those that try to justify illegal police abuse. You become the poster child for them to say, ‘See, we have no choice but to shoot and kill, or use a chokehold, because just look at the way they behave.’
Al Sharpton

Throughout my years championing for civil rights, analyzing politics and advocating on behalf of the voiceless, I am disturbed the most when harmless children suffer because of politics or detrimental policies.
Al Sharpton

As a preacher who has spent significant time in churches and houses of worship all across the country, I can tell you firsthand that religious liberty and freedom are principles that can never be infringed upon.
Al Sharpton

If it weren’t for the mentorship and guidance from people like my mother, James Brown and others, I wouldn’t have been able to make something of my life.
Al Sharpton

I knew from the age of four that I wanted to preach. I didn’t even consider it strange that grown people were listening to this kid preaching until I was around thirteen. I have never believed in limitations.
Al Sharpton

I very rarely read any fiction. I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people. I love theology and some philosophy.
Al Sharpton

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