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

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We're not anti-police... we're anti-police brutality.

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The dream was not to put one black family in the White House, the dream was to make everything equal in everybody's house.

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

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I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants running around in donkey clothes.

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I do believe the Democratic party has moved far to the right.

I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants running around in donkey clothes.

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We have defeated Jim Crow, but now we have to deal with his son, James Crow Jr., esquire.

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I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me.

She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.

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White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires .

.. We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was ... we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

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I've never seen a prosecutor hold a press conference to discredit the victim.

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I've seen enough things to know that if you just keep on going, if you turn the corner, the sun will be shining.

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Life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.

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While the rest of the country waves the flag of Americana, we understand we are not part of that. We don't owe America anything - America owes us.

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About Al Sharpton

Quotes 126 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

When you're dealing with boycotts, you don't need everyone. You just need enough to be effective.

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It seems some have chosen to ignore or have simply forgotten the big-picture vision promoted by Dr. King and his kin.

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America has to make America become a better place for all Americans, and that`s all of us participating.

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So (if) some cracker come and tell you 'Well, my mother and father blood go back to the Mayflower,' you better hold your pocket. That ain't nothing to be proud of. That means their forefathers was crooks.

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The United States government has the obligation to educate all young people in this country.

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

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My ministry's always been one of social activism.

I think a responsible minister must be at some levels involved in the social order.

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Senator [Jeff] Sessions says people, cities sign these decrees because they don`t want to be sued by the justice department, as if he is, in some ways, questioning whether the things that are in these decrees are necessary and warranted.

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I disagree with Muhammad. I'm against hate, anti-Semitism and homophobia. This is not a village of hate. It's a village of hope. Don't let midgets give us a bad name. There are still giants in Harlem, giants who will stand up for our children.

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If I use the media, even with tricks, to publicize a black youth being shot in the back in Teaneck, New Jersey... then I should be praised for it, and it's more of a comment on them than me that it would take tricks to make them cover the loss of life.

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Dr. King used Gandhi's commitment to non-violence and to passive resistance.

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During my 2004 presidential campaign, I was fond of saying that it was high time for the Christian right to meet the right Christians.

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I've never done anything else in my life other than preach and be an activist.

Way before I was known.

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If Charlton Heston can have a constitutional right carry a rifle, why can't grandma have a constitutional right to health care?

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I can't see how an unarmed man rejecting a drug deal ended up dead.

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I just released an op-ed in the "Washington Post" that talks about providing an I.D. so that everyone can have an I.D., primarily, the social security card, a picture would be put on that card, and a president can certainly by executive order make this happen so that people will not need a special I.D. They`ll have one to vote.

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Let me just say that we are under the consent decree.

There are people in our city [Baltimore] along with the police department and advocates who believe that this is absolutely the right thing to do.

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My dad challenged every president from President [Dwight] Eisenhower and Vice President [Richard] Nixon to President [J.F] Kennedy, Vice President [Lindon] Johnson to President Johnson and Vice President [Hubert] Humphrey. It`s challenging the administrations to do the right thing.

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

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If O.J. had been accused of killing his black wife, you would not have seen the same passion stirred up.

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

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

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I feel that it is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous with these families, and particularly Cindy, that have become the conscience of this nation.

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When the civil rights community raised a lot of concerns around the nomination of Mr. Sessions, Senator Sessions, one of the things was that he`s on record of saying things intrusive, like voting rights,that he doesn`t believe the federal government should interfere with local policing, almost like states` rights kind of rhetoric.

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You can't get a solution if you won't talk to the people that have the problem.

You can't ever have healing if the patient is left out of the operation room.

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We must become the United States of America that represents every community, that represents every individual. And we will ultimately become a stronger nation, but right now we are a divided nation.

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America can't work for only some people and become a dream for all people.

It has to work for everyone. And even though everyone might not end up at the same place, if everyone starts with the same beginning, then that's the dream fulfilled. We all don't have the same abilities, but we should have the same opportunities.

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The Baltimore Police Department had engaged in a pattern of practice of conduct that violated the constitution and federal law, and this conduct had eroded trust and to deprive the people of Baltimore of the rights and the protections guaranteed to every American.

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I've never seen an effective boycott that didn't work.

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Bill Clinton strikes me as the kind of guy who goes wherever the polls lead him, rather than leading the polls.

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Some issues you just - you certainly you have to defend yourself, but you certainly don`t have to denigrate others.

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I think first of all, the United States has got to adopt a policy of befriending and creating allies around the world.

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It was better walk with dignity than ride in shame.

A lot of people in Cincinnati are saying, "Rather than have the continual problems of police brutality and economic disparity, I'm willing to make some sacrifices." And I think that they ought to be respected for doing that.

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Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.

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I always go by instinct and then wrestle with where by instinct brought me.

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It`s a difficult thing for a city to be sued by the department of justice and to be told that your police department is systematically failing to serve the people of the state or the city.

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There are white n*ggers. I've seen a lot of white n*ggers in my time.

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