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Al Sharpton to visit UK

Iconic civil rights activist Al Sharpton is due to fly into Britain next month as a guest of Operation Black Vote.

It’s the first high profile visit that Reverend Sharpton, a former American presidential candidate, has visited UK since 2001, when he was also invited by OBV.

The firebrand preacher is expected to spend a week in London and deliver a major speech entitled “Realising the Dream” before an audience of 2,000 at Friends House in Euston.

OBV director Simon Woolley said that there was no greater figure to awake the “sleeping giant” of the Black vote than Sharpton.

The Baptist minister and talk show host will also hold a reception with Black MPs and church leaders, and visit schools in Hackney and Lewisham. He will also visit local youth projects in London.

Sharpton’s trip is aimed at inspiring the UK’s Black communities to get involved in politics and make their voices heard ahead of the forthcoming general election.

His keynote speech is expected to draw on Dr Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream”, but place the struggle for equality and freedom in a modern setting, taking stock of progress and setting out his vision for “Realising the Dream.”

Rev’d Sharpton, head of the National Action Network will continue to broadcast his nightly radio show called Keeping It Real on station WWRL. He will also visit local youth projects in London.

Simon Woolley said: “Reverend Sharpton epitomises the Black struggle, and social and activism.

“He started out in youth voter registration and there can be no greater figure to bring to the UK the message that the Black vote is a sleeping giant if we all play a full and positive role in the run up to the General election.”


Thursday 21st January 2010

6pm – 9.30pm


Friends House (opposite Euston station, London)



2 Responses

  1. The sleeping giant namely the church especially in London with massive talents and resources should wake up and get out of the four wall if a major difference has to be made.It’s true feeding the flock with spiritual food is good but it will not take them anywhere if they do not act on some matters. Voting is power.

  2. Please, can you confirm 2 tickets for me ?
    Thank you in advance

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