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May 01, 2024

Rev. Sharpton commends pro-DEI student protesters, urges more faculty and student-led action

NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2024) – Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder of the National Action Network (NAN), will lead NAN’s 18th weekly DEI rally outside of Bill Ackman’s Manhattan office to protest the contentious billionaire’s role in the attacks on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This week’s “DEI Thursday” picket follows a rally in defense of DEI held last Thursday at the University of North Carolina – Asheville among a number of other student and faculty-led college protests against anti-DEI initiatives across the country.

Similar demonstrations have been staged at the University of Louisville and University of Texas – Austin, and dozens of students from the University of Alabama rallied in the halls of the State House in Montgomery to oppose now-enacted legislation that bans DEI initiatives in public institutions throughout the state. On Thursday, Rev. Sharpton will call on students across the country to continue to hold college administrators and politicians who oppose DEI’s feet to the fire.

Rev. Sharpton and NAN have protested Ackman’s office every Thursday this year, beginning with Ackman’s pressure campaign to remove then-Harvard University President Claudine Gay. The hedge fund billionaire’s actions and words fueled even more scrutiny and measures to undo DEI commitments, especially in Corporate America and higher education, many of which were made after the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN



Outside the office of Bill Ackman

787 11th Avenue at West 54th Street

New York, NY 10019


Thursday, May 2, 2024

12 PM

About National Action Network (NAN)

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.


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