No matter what your opinion is of the Reverend Al Sharpton, this book will change your thinking. His is the most significant, vibrant voice of the African American community, yet his story is not knownonly caricatures and stereotypes that cannot begin to communicate the extraordinary drama of his life, nor the passion and intelligence Sharpton brings to the cause to which he hasdedicated his life. As a young boy Sharpton lived in a stable, middle-class neighborhood, but a devastatingpersonal tragedy sundered the family, and his mother was forced to move with the children to the Brooklyn projects. At the age of four, Sharpton delivered his first sermon to a church audience of900; he would go on to be ordained as a Pentecostal minister at the age of ten. As a teenager he worked on community projects with Jesse Jackson and other civil rights leaders, then became apromoter for the godfather of soul, James Brown. He grew up in a world of protest marches and seedy nightclubs, deeply religious values and flamboyant show business legends.The Bernhard Goetz subway incident in the early 1980s, in which New Yorkers applauded a white man shooting three unarmed teenagers, convinced him that inner city blacks had no voice inthe power structure, and he began his life as an activist. From Howard Beach to the notorious Tawana Brawley case to Yusuf Hawkins's murder, Sharpton has been a constant andcontroversial advocate for the rights of African Americans. Since being stabbed in 1991, Sharpton has reevaluated his tacticsthough not his goalsand has twice run for the U.S.Senate, garnering 14 percent, then 26 percent of the vote in his two runs.
Goand Tell Pharaoh is a book, like The Autobiography of Malcolm X, that will changeminds, and stand as a testament to the African American struggle.
|Publisher:||The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.48(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.12(d)|
About the Author
Al Sharpton is a political and social activist in the fight against injustice.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rev. Sharpton may be a lot of different things to different people, but the one thing that he is the most to me is a MAN OF GOD. Whatever the political moments in his life, or whatever the civil rights moments in his life, he remains a man of GOD. Which in turn reflects his personality of a man of integrity and bound to the truth by the word of GOD. No matter what anyone says, the man's story, from the man's lips is true in my book. An excellent read for all black people, an excellent read for all people, an excellent read for all of his critics (you do, have to read with an open mind and without bias and accept what the book says, not what the media and society says)...it's true, it's true...
Let me first state some things...I am a proud Democrat and progressive. I am a civil rights supporter (including a People for the American Way & NAACP member). I support justice for all. And, as a result, I think Sharpton and all of his words are misguided and harmful to the cause. This book is a case in point. Rev. Sharpton is a big-headed, raciall divisive and demagogic clown. This book shows it all too well. He is trying to make himself a civil rights hero. He is anything but. In his book, he tells inflated tales, calls anyone who is not liberal a 'racist' and then goes back on his own history (e.g., his gay bashing and racial division) and retells it. In short, Rev. Sharpton is pathetic. He is no Rev. King, or even Rev. Jackson, but, rather, a Rev. Dangerous.