Al Sharpton Net Worth
Al Sharpton is an American Baptist clergyman, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show presenter who has a net worth of half a million dollars.
He has been active in the civil rights movement for many years. In the struggle against racial discrimination and injustice in the United States, he is renowned as an activist in the political arena who is not afraid to speak his mind and sometimes stirs up controversy.
Al Sharpton Financial Problems
In an article published in November 2014 by the New York Times, it was suggested that Al Sharpton was experiencing significant financial difficulties. According to the investigation published by the Times, Sharpton and his businesses owe $4.5 million in past taxes to both the state and the federal governments.
The IRS claims that Al owes about $3.7 million in personal back taxes on this sum. Sharpton denied the claims and claimed that the liens had been reduced in amount due to payment. He did not specify how much he had paid off of the loan, and the Times was unable to validate his statements on this matter.
Al Sharpton Early Life
On October 3, 1954, Ada and Alfred Charles Sharpton Sr. welcomed their son, Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr., into the world. Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York City. It was 1963 when his father abandoned the family, and his mother was unable to provide for the whole family on her alone.
They migrated from their neighbourhood of the middle class to the public housing complexes that are located in the area of Brownsville in Brooklyn once they became eligible for assistance. After completing his high school education at Samuel J. Tilden High School, he went on to further his study at Brooklyn College but left after just two years there.
Bishop F.D. Washington gave Sharpton his licence to preach and consecrated him as a Pentecostal preacher when he was somewhere between the ages of nine and 10. Sharpton converted to Baptistism after the death of Washington in the late 1980s. In 1994, the Reverend Willian Augustus Jones performed Sharpton’s second baptism, at which point he was ordained as a Baptist preacher.
Al Sharpton Career
Sharpton was given the position of youth director of the New York City office of Operation Breadbasket in 1969 by Jesse Jackson. Operation Breadbasket is an organisation that works to improve job possibilities for African Americans.
In 1971, Reverend Al Sharpton started the National Youth Movement with the purpose of mobilising support and resources for disadvantaged young people. By the 1980s, he had established a reputation for himself as a prominent crusader on behalf of persons who had been subjected to racial discrimination.
One of his initial high-profile cases featured a young woman called Tawana Brawley, who said that she was raped and kidnapped by a group of white males. He was able to get her release from jail. Unfortunately, it turned out that all of these statements were completely incorrect.
Additionally, he has advocated for the rights of numerous individuals, including Bernhard Goetz, Yusef Hawkins, Amaudou Diallo, Tayvon Martin, and Eric Garner, amongst others.
In 1991, he established the National Action Network, an organisation that is committed to expanding voter education, providing assistance to small neighbourhood businesses, and providing help to individuals who are dealing with poverty in general.
The Reverend Al Sharpton presided over a memorial service for Michael Jackson that was held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in June of 2009. Sharpton, who has known the Jackson family for his entire life, described Michael Jackson as a “trailblazer” and a “historic person” who cherished the Apollo Theater.
Through his many television and radio programmes, Al Sharpton continues to discuss the injustices he sees in the world and takes on the problems of today. In January of 2006, he was given the opportunity to start his own daily national talk radio programme on Radio One called “Keepin’ It Real with Al Sharpton.”
Additionally, he has been the host of the MSNBC show “PoliticsNation” since 2011, and he is a regular contributor to the NBC news and conversation show “Morning Joe,” which airs weekday mornings.
Sharpton has written three books: “Al on America,” “The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership,” and “Go and Tell Pharaoh” with Nick Chiles. “Al on America” is his most recent publication.
Al Sharpton Political Campaign
On many times, Sharpton has attempted to run for political office but has been unsuccessful. Among these attempts was his bid to represent New York in the United States Senate in 1988, 1992, and 1994.
He made a bid for the office of Mayor of New York City that year (1997). In 2004, he made an attempt to run for president, but his campaign was plagued by a number of different financial problems.
He had been granted funding from the federal government for his campaign, but he had gone above and beyond the legal limitations on the amount he could spend on his own personal expenses. Because of this, in 2005 he made the decision to reimburse the government for the sum of one hundred thousand dollars that he had been given.
Because his presidential campaign in 2004 broke regulations regarding campaign financing, the Federal Election Commission levied a fine of $285,000 against his campaign in 2009 for breaching those rules.
Al Sharpton Personal Life And Views
While Sharpton was on tour with James Brown in 1971, he introduced himself to the singer Kathy Jordan, who would later become his wife. They got married in 1980 but eventually divorced in 2004. While he was getting ready to lead a demonstration in Brooklyn, New York, in January 1991, Michael Riccardi stabbed him in the chest.
He later died from his injuries. Riccardi was taken into custody by Sharpton’s assistants, and in 1992 he was found guilty of first-degree assault and given a sentence of 15 years in prison for his crime. After serving a total of ten years behind bars, he was granted parole and freed in the year 2001.
Sharpton launched a lawsuit against the city of New York, stating that the several police officers who had been there at the time and who had been there for the scheduled demonstration had failed to protect him. Sharpton was injured during the protest. In December of 2003, a settlement in the amount of $200,000 was agreed for the lawsuit.
In 2001, Sharpton was arrested for trespassing while participating in a protest against the United States military conducting target practise drills in Puerto Rico. As a result of his actions, he was sentenced to serve ninety days in jail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
In the past, Sharpton has been known to make controversial statements against the LGBTQ population. One example of this is when he used the term “homo” when speaking at Kean College in the year 1994. On the other hand, ever since that time, he has turned into a supporter of efforts to eradicate homophobia within the African-American community.