American Civil Rights Leader Rev. Sharpton to Visit UK for Speech on Civil Rights & Race Relations at the Cambridge Union

Apr 30, 2019

NEW YORK (April 25, 2019) — Civil rights leader and activist Rev. Al Sharpton will speak at the Cambridge Union on April 30 in his second visit to the U.K. in the past year. The visit comes on the heels of Sharpton’s successful National Action Network (NAN) Annual Convention, which hosted a dozen presidential candidates earlier this month to discuss their agenda for Black and minority communities in America.

Sharpton was warmly welcomed last May at the University of Oxford and in his meetings with Members of Parliament. His address at Cambridge this year will focus on race in the age of Donald Trump, particularly as countries all over the world face rising tensions over migration and minority inclusion.

“The civil rights movement is distinctly American – but it has lessons that we can preach abroad, as well,” said Sharpton, whose upbringing as a preacher and faith leader has driven his activism and political involvement. “In the U.S. we have Trump; in many areas of Europe, we have increasing nationalist tendencies often driven by fear of the very diversity that makes our societies stronger and brings us together.”

Sharpton founded National Action Network in 1991 in the spirit and vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and as a way to ensure that the political goals that Dr. King helped achieve were continued priorities for elected leaders and advocates. It has become one of the leading civil rights advocacy organizations in the country with prominent chapters around the country.

Media interested in requesting interviews with Rev. Sharpton while he is in England should email Alex Butcher-Nesbitt at [email protected].