Rev. Al Sharpton says Radio One “showed us in our excellence and our magnificence”

Photo credit: Alicia Butler-Adams

Rev. Al Sharpton was celebrated for his civil rights work

Urban One  held its annual Urban One Honors at MGM National Harbor last month.  The event celebrated the 40-year legacy of Radio One. Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton  received special recognition with Represent Leadership. had an opportunity to interview Rev. Sharpton briefly on the red carpet.

Rev. Al Sharpton at Urban One Honors’s Sarah Hearn interviews Rev. Al Sharpton (Photo credit: Alicia Butler-Adams)

PG: When radio one came on to the landscape forty years ago, how did that change things at the beginning?

Rev. Al Sharpton: I think at the beginning, it took away our having to speak through microphones that could be muted and could be cancelled at any time. It gave us freedom. It gave us liberation. When Kathy Hughes sat up in that window and did her talk show, and then expanded to where she gave all of us and opportunity to operate in an unadulterated way. I think it showed us in our excellence and our magnificence.”

Rev. Al Sharpton at MGM National Harbor
Photo credit: Alicia Butler-Adam

Rev. Al Sharpton is the founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization based in Harlem, New York.  Under Rev. Sharpton’s leadership, NAN has become the most active social justice organization in the country. He is considered one of the nation’s most-renowned civil rights leaders.  Former President Barack Obama praised Rev. Sharpton  as “the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden. ”

Hosted by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes and actor Chris Tucker, Urban One Honors will premiere on January 20, 2020, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, at 8 p.m. Eastern /7 p.m. Central on TV One.

Sarah Hearn
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