Prince Privately Donated Money To Trayvon Martin’s Family

“Albums still matter,” Prince said on national television during the 2015 Grammys. “Like books and Black lives, albums still matter. Tonight and always.”

Those words were just a glimpse into Prince’s personal investments into the future of black youth and social activism, both spiritually and financially. After news broke that the Purple One had passed away in his Minnesota residence, personal stories about his began to surface. A particularly revealing anecdote came from Rev. Al Sharpton.

#SharptonSays: Al Sharpton Thinks Young People Don’t Have a Movement

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Al Sharpton doesn’t think that young people have a movement. He said as much in a recent Washington Post profile.

This:

“The issue with my generation is we’re more about the Occupy organizing model,” she told Sharpton now. “You know, everyone can be a leader, that kind of thing.”

“I hear them saying that,” Sharpton said. ” ‘We don’t want Al Sharpton taking over our movement.’ But my question is: What movement? Y’all ain’t got nothing to take over.”

“They want everything to rise from the ground up,” Hector said.

“Fine, okay, but then tell me your strategy,” Sharpton said. “You burned the building down. Great. Now what?”

He also couldn’t identify any up-and-coming leadership in Chicago, despite months of youth activism in the city:

Is there anyone else who can do all of this? Anyone other than me? Seriously, I’m talking about anyone else?”

This is what Sharpton was asking the next day, back in the hotel conference room, meeting again with the 25 community leaders from his National Action Network. The issue at hand was one Sharpton thought about often: Who, if anyone, was in place to become the next Al Sharpton? He wanted to invite some younger national leaders to join his vigil with the Garners on King Day, but he didn’t know whom to invite. “What ever happened to Ben Jealous?” Sharpton asked, referencing the former leader of the NAACP. “How about talented leadership in Chicago? Anyone good coming up behind Jesse in Chicago?”

And this observation on what really matters at a march:

“These young leaders want to get on stage and be seen?” he said. “Fine. Go up there. Be seen. Now what?”

“That’s right, Rev.”

“How come Sharpton’s leading the march? ’Cause I organized the march. I brought the crowd. I got the permit. Those Porta-Potties cost us $20,000. You want to run the march? Fine. Get your own damn Porta-Potties.”

“Yes. Yes.”

“You got yourself a group name? You got a nice hashtag? Great. But you want to know why all these families call us for help when their son or their daddy gets shot? ’Cause we got a phone number. We exist. They come see me!”

To say that Sharpton’s statements are condescending would be a vast understatement. Young activists took to Twitter to air their grievances with Sharpton’s views.

 

Here’s why 2014 should be another Freedom Summer

The following post originally appeared on the Huffington Post, and was written by Rev. Al Sharpton. The original title is , “Why 2014 Should Be Another Freedom Summer.”

By: Al Sharpton

During this very week 50 years ago, Americans — many of them students and young folks — gathered in the state of Mississippi alongside civil rights leaders, activists, local citizens and others as they collectively engaged in an extensive voter registration project. Freedom Summer, as it was aptly titled, helped change the course of this nation. Because of Mississippi’s horrendously low black voter registration rate, this state became symbolic of the larger systemic issue of voter disenfranchisement across the country.

Tracy Martin: ‘America values guns more than the lives of our kids’

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It’s been two years since Tracy Martin lost his son Trayvon, and seven months since his killer George Zimmerman was acquitted for the crime. Despite the unfortunate result, Martin has vowed to continue to fight for justice, and against the controversial stand your ground law responsible for Zimmerman’s freedom.

In a recent interview with Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation,” Martin spoke about how he and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother are working with lawmakers and those affected by gun violence. 

Rev. Al Sharpton to address gun violence, speak with students in Chicago

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Rev. Al Sharpton was serious about moving to Chicago to continue efforts that curb gun violence in the city. So serious that he actually rented an apartment on Chicago’s west side.

Now, the civil rights activists is turning his attention to a group of students at Frazier International Magnet School.

In conjunction with the National Action Network and Education for a Better America, Sharpton will highlight the achievements of the school and develop a plan to help its students.

Al Sharpton’s National Action Network seeks to meet with Barney’s CEO amid racial profiling allegations

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NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group said Thursday it was seeking a meeting with the CEO of Barneys New York in the wake of racial profiling claims by two shoppers at the high-end department store.

The Brooklyn chapter of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network said the group also plans to picket Barneys if the alleged pattern of racial profiling does not stop, its president, Kirsten John Foy, said in a statement.

Two black shoppers this week accused Barneys of detaining them after they made expensive purchases at the store in Manhattan. One of them has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Barneys, the city and its police department.