Skilled orator and controversial firebrand. Political agitator and peace broker. Media-savvy spokesman and grass-roots visionary.
Only one man who's been called so much could understand an America made up of so many.
In the past two decades no political figure has been as much of a lightning rod for public opinion as The Reverend Al Sharpton. As the founder and President of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization committed to empowering the disenfranchised, Sharpton has dedicated his life to fighting injustice and discrimination, no matter the personal cost. It's a struggle that has taken him to the forefront of national voter registration drives, corporate boycotts, the Million Man March, and protests against police brutality. It's a deeply felt mission that has also taken him to the world stage, where he fought for democracy in Haiti, delivered supplies to Rwanda's refugees, and met with both Israel's Sharon and Palestine's Arafat in a bid for peace. It's a conviction that has landed him in jail for his beliefs, including a well-publicized 90-day prison sentence for protesting Navy bombing exercises in Vieques, Puerto Rico. And it's a passion for justice that has brought him where he is today--a seasoned leader ready to bring Americans together with a clear outline for action that will truly make this country the United States.
In this groundbreaking, candid, and necessary book, the man New York magazine calls "The Untouchable" delivers his manifesto for change and puts forth a startling, often controversial, and wholly inspiring vision of a new America--one that is inclusive of all Americans, not just a chosen few. While serving time for his act of civil disobedience in Vieques, Sharpton stepped back and looked at America. Now, he's ready to empower America and get the country talking about things that matter to us all--from the economy to foreign policy, family values to the hip hop movement, the war on drugs to the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Sure to ignite a firestorm of debate, Al On America is a old new vision in a time when vision is needed more than ever. It is a stirring call to action delivered by a man who has faith in the future of America and the passion, knowledge, and foresight to take her there.
The Reverend Al Sharpton is the founder of the National Action Network. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s Sharpton led a series of direct-action campaigns and crusades to fight racism in the criminal-justice system-from Howard Beach and Bensonhurst to Wappingers Falls and Los Angeles. As one writer said during that time, "Sharpton is literally reviving the Civil Rights Movement." In 1991, Sharpton formed the National Action Network. The NAN, formed to combat racial and civil rights violations, fights for progressive, people-based social policies by providing extensive voter education and registration campaigns, economic support for small community businesses and by confronting corporate racism.
Karen Hunter, an award-winning journalist (1999 Pulitzer Prize as a member of the New York Daily News editorial page), is a news columnist for the New York Daily News. She co-authored "I Make My Own Rules" with LL Cool J (1997), "Ladies First," with Queen Latifah (1999), and "Revelations" with Mason Betha (2001). A resident of Orange, New Jersey, Karen also teaches journalism at Hunter College in Manhattan. The Reverend Al Sharpton Wants You To Be A Part Of The New America
”In this new millennium, in this new America, it's time for new leadership, It 's time for a leader who understands that our greatest strength lies in our differences. That from Los Angeles to New York, from the Indian reservations to the ghettoes of St. Louis, from North Dakota to North Carolina, from the Hawaiian lslands to the Island of Vieques, from boys in the 'hood to the girls in the country clubs, this country's greatest resources are found in our people and their differences.
A true leader understands that getting people to embrace the differences of others will only make this nation stronger. A true leader knows the meaning of E Pluribus Unum--out of many, one--and that uniting the many is our greatest weapon.
I understand that. I am a leader.
This is my manifesto, my vision for our future."