October 1, 2003 |
Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton's campaign manager has left the campaign. Frank Watkins said that he and Sharpton's South Carolina coordinator, Kevin Gray, had resigned. Both men had worked on the Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaigns in the 1980s. Watkins said he was stepping down for personal reasons and still will vote for Sharpton.
January 14, 1991 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton, hospitalized in stable condition for a stab wound, issued a statement urging calm among his supporters as about 500 of them staged a protest rally in Bensonhurst, the Brooklyn neighborhood where Sharpton was knifed in the chest Saturday. A white New Yorker, Michael Riccardi, 27, was being held without bail.
December 8, 2003 |
Al Sharpton busted some James Brown moves on his "Saturday Night Live" appearance, but not everyone had a chance to see them. Several NBC affiliates refused to carry "Saturday Night Live" with Sharpton as host for fear it would activate federal "equal time provisions" and compel them to offer air time to the eight other Democratic presidential hopefuls.
January 21, 1997 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton launched a long-odds mayoral campaign, denouncing Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani as an enemy of the poor and working people. Addressing hundreds of chanting supporters in Harlem, Sharpton, 42, said the Republican mayor's policies have divided the city. In 1987, Sharpton took up the cause of Tawana Brawley, a black teenager who claimed she was kidnapped and raped by a gang of white men.
March 16, 1999 |
Former New York Mayor David N. Dinkins and two congressmen were among 14 people arrested as they protested last month's fatal police shooting of an unarmed West African immigrant. Reps. Charles B. Rangel and Gregory Meeks, both Democrats, as well as the Rev. Al Sharpton, were part of those arrested at police headquarters and charged with criminal trespass. Police fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo on Feb. 4, hitting him 19 times.
July 19, 1990 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton and an activist associate surrendered to authorities Wednesday to begin serving a 15-day jail sentence. Sharpton and the Rev. Timothy Mitchell, both convicted of disorderly conduct, denounced the "racist criminal justice system" before they turned themselves in. They were convicted after a non-jury trial for their actions during a "Day of Outrage" demonstration Jan. 27, 1988, near La Guardia Airport.
August 21, 2001 |
Speaking at a news conference here, New York civil rights activist Al Sharpton said he will form a committee to explore a possible bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. Sharpton said that, if he runs, his campaign would focus on reforming the election and criminal justice systems. He said his lifelong record of dealing with public policy makes him less of a longshot than some other possible candidates.
April 4, 2003 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton met with Iraqi U.N. envoy Mohammed Douri to make what he called a moral appeal that no harm come to American prisoners of war. Sharpton said he asked Douri to ensure respect for international law. Douri assured him that "he would make clear we do not want to see POWs' lives risked," Sharpton said.
September 23, 1996 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton announced that he plans to run for mayor of New York City next year. Sharpton made his candidacy known during a sermon at the Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem. Sharpton, 41, said that he would focus his campaign on police brutality, schools and racial intolerance. Sharpton, who twice ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, has criticized Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani as being hostile to black New Yorkers.
August 29, 2005 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of war protesters outside President Bush's ranch for an interfaith service, saying he felt compelled to meet Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a serviceman killed in Iraq. She started the rally. Actor Martin Sheen also met with Sheehan and spoke to a crowd of more than 300. Several cars with pro-Bush signs drove slowly down the road by the protest campsite.