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New York civil rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein faces rape accusation

New York civil rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein faces rape accusation

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) --New York civil rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein faces allegations he raped a woman after a birthday party for the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Frances Burns
UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
By United Press International
Can America be a serious country?

Can America be a serious country?

Ullman: Three tests of America's seriousness: the Ferguson, Missouri shooting; the legal predicaments of Texas Governor Rick Perry; and the Islamic State (IS).
Harlan Ullman
Mourners and family call for justice at Michael Brown's funeral

Mourners and family call for justice at Michael Brown's funeral

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 25 (UPI) --Thousands gathered at Michael Brown's funeral to call for social change in the wake of his death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.
Aileen Graef
Michael Brown's family pleads for 'day of silence' for funeral

Michael Brown's family pleads for 'day of silence' for funeral

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 25 (UPI) --The parents of slain teenager Michael Brown asked for protesters in Ferguson, Mo., to take a day off Monday as they lay their son to rest.
Gabrielle Levy
Three White House officials attending Michael Brown funeral

Three White House officials attending Michael Brown funeral

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 24 (UPI) --The White House is sending three officials to the funeral of slain teen Michael Brown on Monday.
Danielle Haynes
Grand jury to investigate death of New York man in police chokehold

Grand jury to investigate death of New York man in police chokehold

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) --A special grand jury will begin investigating the death of a man in an apparent chokehold by a New York City police officer, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Frances Burns
Ferguson police: Protest, rally, hold vigils during daylight hours

Ferguson police: Protest, rally, hold vigils during daylight hours

FERGUSON , Mo., Aug. 13 (UPI) --Police in Ferguson, Missouri ask citizens to restrict their civil disobedience to daylight hours after another shooting occurred early Wednesday morning.
JC Sevcik
NYPD officer in chokehold death on desk duty, EMTs suspended

NYPD officer in chokehold death on desk duty, EMTs suspended

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) --Officer placed on desk duty after man placed in chokehold dies while being taken into custody; internal memo: victim "did not appear to be in great distress."
JC Sevcik
Al Sharpton to call for investigation into choking death of man by NYPD

Al Sharpton to call for investigation into choking death of man by NYPD

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) --The Rev. Al Sharpton to meet with family of man who died during arrest and call for investigation into his death at hands of NYPD.
Danielle Haynes
Central Park Five settle with NYC for $40 million for wrongful conviction

Central Park Five settle with NYC for $40 million for wrongful conviction

NEW YORK, June 20 (UPI) --Five men wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger have settled with New York City for $40 million for their undeserved imprisonment.
Matt Bradwell
Funeral held for boy stabbed in NYC public housing elevator

Funeral held for boy stabbed in NYC public housing elevator

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) --An ex-con charged with killing a 6-year-old boy in a New York tenement elevator was denied bail, while his alleged victim was mourned at a Brooklyn church.
Frances Burns
The Smoking Gun posts documents on the Rev. Al Sharpton's work as FBI informant

The Smoking Gun posts documents on the Rev. Al Sharpton's work as FBI informant

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- The Smoking Gun website has posted documents on Sharpton's work as an FBI agent in the 1980s while he was a controversial New York civil rights leader.
Frances Burns
Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson to perform at BET Honors

Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson to perform at BET Honors

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are to perform at the BET Honors ceremony in Washington this month.
Michelle Obama celebrates 50th with 500 guests including Beyonce, Blue Ivy

Michelle Obama celebrates 50th with 500 guests including Beyonce, Blue Ivy

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday Saturday dancing to catching tunes from Queen Bey.
Veronica Linares
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The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a tribute to pop singer Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater on June 30, 2009 in New York. Jackson, who first performed at the theater at age 9, died the last week from a heart attack.(UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and radio talk show host. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election. He hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin’ It Real, and he makes regular guest appearances on Fox News (such as The O'Reilly Factor) CNN, and MSNBC.

Sharpton's supporters praise "his ability and willingness to defy the power structure that is seen as the cause of their suffering" and consider him "a man who is willing to tell it like it is". Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a one-time foe, said that Sharpton deserves the respect he enjoys among African Americans: "He is willing to go to jail for them, and he is there when they need him."

His critics describe him as "a political radical who is to blame, in part, for the deterioration of race relations". Sociologist Orlando Patterson has referred to him as a racial arsonist, while liberal columnist Derrick Z. Jackson has called him the black equivalent of Richard Nixon and Pat Robertson. Sharpton sees much of the criticism as a sign of his effectiveness. "In many ways, what they consider criticism is complimenting my job," he said. "An activist’s job is to make public civil rights issues until there can be a climate for change."

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