Reverend Al Sharpton
Honorary Co-Chair, AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer's
Reverend Al Sharpton is the Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, New York, with over 50 Chapters nationwide. As one of the nation's most-renowned civil rights leaders, Rev. Sharpton has been praised by President Barack Obama as "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden" and by former President George W. Bush, who said, "Al cares just as much as I care about making sure every child learns to read, write, add and subtract." Rev. Sharpton is currently the host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” which analyzes the top political and social news of the day and features the country's leading newsmakers. The show recently beat all other MSNBC and CNN primetime shows in the ratings in its demographic. Rev. Sharpton also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show “Keepin’ it Real” that is heard daily all over the country, as well as two local New York radio shows. He delivers remarks at NAN's weekly Saturday Rally at its Harlem headquarters, the "House of Justice," that are broadcast live on NAN's website (www.nationalactionnetwork.net) each Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Under Rev. Sharpton's leadership, NAN has become the most active social justice organization in the country. President Obama said—in his keynote address at NAN's 20th anniversary Keepers of the Dream Awards Dinner—that National Action Network is not the National "Satisfaction" Network but the National "Action" Network, highlighting that "Action" is what Rev. Sharpton and NAN are about. Rev. Sharpton joins the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s as an Honorary Co-Chair after losing his mother, Ada, to Alzheimer’s in 2012.