Reverend Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr. (b. 1954) is an African-American activist and Baptist preacher from New York City. He first became famous in the 1980s with his protests against racial injustice. He is also an entrepreneur, founder of the National Youth Movement, and was manager for soul singer James Brown.
Sharpton ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004. He is known for being a fiery, liberal orator and is often criticized by right-wingers for trying to grab the spotlight in prominent racial issues. He has also landed a show at MSNBC.