Al on America
By Al Sharpton
Release Date: 10/01/02
Serial Number: sharp1
Skilled orator and controversial firebrand. Political agitator and peace broker. Media-savvy spokesman and grass-roots visionary.
Only one man who's been called so much could understand an America made up of so many.
In the past two decades no political figure has been as much of a lightning rod for public opinion as The Reverend Al Sharpton. As the founder and President of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization committed to empowering the disenfranchised, Sharpton has dedicated his life to fighting injustice and discrimination, no matter the personal cost. It's a struggle that has taken him to the forefront of national voter registration drives, corporate boycotts, the Million Man March, and protests against police brutality. It's a deeply felt mission that has also taken him to the world stage, where he fought for democracy in Haiti, delivered supplies to Rwanda's refugees, and met with both Israel's Sharon and Palestine's Arafat in a bid for peace. It's a conviction that has landed him in jail for his beliefs, including a well-publicized 90-day prison sentence for protesting Navy bombing exercises in Vieques, Puerto Rico. And it's a passion for justice that has brought him where he is today--a seasoned leader ready to bring Americans together with a clear outline for action that will truly make this country the United States.
In this groundbreaking, candid, and necessary book, the man New York magazine calls "The Untouchable" delivers his manifesto for change and puts forth a startling, often controversial, and wholly inspiring vision of a new America--one that is inclusive of all Americans, not just a chosen few. While serving time for his act of civil disobedience in Vieques, Sharpton stepped back and looked at America. Now, he's ready to empower America and get the country talking about things that matter to us all--from the economy to foreign policy, family values to the hip hop movement, the war on drugs to the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Sure to ignite a firestorm of debate, Al On America is a old new vision in a time when vision is needed more than ever. It is a stirring call to action delivered by a man who has faith in the future of America and the passion, knowledge, and foresight to take her there.