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Rev. Al Sharpton hosting ‘PoliticsNation’ on MSNBC

Banner Staff | 9/6/2011, 3:06 p.m.
The Rev. Al Sharpton is the host of “Politics Nation”...
The Rev. Al Sharpton is the host of “Politics Nation” on MSNBC. David Shankbone

Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist and minister, has been named host of “PoliticsNation,” a nightly program airing weeknights live at 6 p.m. on MSNBC.

“PoliticsNation” debuted on Aug. 29.

“I’ve known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin. “He has always been one of our most thoughtful and entertaining guests.”

In addition to being a frequent guest, Rev. Sharpton has also served as an occasional guest host on several programs, most recently on “MSNBC Live at 6PM” and “The Ed Show.” He joins the network at a time where MSNBC has experienced tremendous ratings growth, consistently topping CNN in primetime programming.

“I am very happy and honored to join the MSNBC team as we collectively try to get America to ‘Lean Forward,’ ” said Sharpton. “It is a natural extension of my life work and growth. We all learn from our pain and stand up from our stumbling and one must either learn to lean forward or fall backwards. I’m glad they have given me the opportunity to continue my forward lean.”

With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of America’s most-renowned civil rights leaders. Sharpton’s highly visible career began at the age of four when he preached his first sermon.

A successful civil rights career soon followed, helping Sharpton hold such notable positions as the youth director of New York’s Operation Breadbasket, director of Ministers for National Rainbow Push coalition, and founder of his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National Action Network (NAN).

Since its inception in 1991, NAN has expanded to encompass chapters throughout the United States and maintain important regional offices in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Detroit, Mich.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Los Angeles, Calif.

Sharpton was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004. Rev. Sharpton also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show that broadcasts in 40 markets, five days a week. He resides in New York and has two daughters, Dominique and Ashley.