Along with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Al is often referred to by the media and American public as the spokesmen for the African-American community.
The New York Post has published allegations of tension between Al and Barack Obama through sources who wish to be unnamed. "Sharpton has launched a 'big-time' effort to tear down Illinois Sen. Barrack Obama as a candidate for president." says Post political reporter Frederick U. Dicker.
Al has said he belongs to the Baptist faith.
During the 2005 Tony Awards, Al appeared in a number put on by the cast of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Al published his second book in 2002, Al on America, with Dafina Books Publishing House.
In 1971, Al founded the National Youth Movement to raise resources for impoverished youth.
Al's ancestors were owned by relatives of the late Senator Strom Thurmond.
Reverand Bacon, a character in the Tom Wolfe novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, is based on Al.
Al published his first book Go and Tell Pharaoh in 1996, under Doubleday Publishing House.
Al had a cameo appearance in the 2002 Adam Sandler comedy Mr. Deeds as The Rhyme Master.
He was married to Kathy Jordan.
He has never held elected office.
He ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City, In 1997.
He attended Brooklyn College for two years.
He has also spoken out against cruelty to animals in a video for PETA.
He attended Brooklyn College, in New York.
Al: White folks was in caves while we was building empires ... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.
Al: I understand deficit spending. I was born in deficit spending.
Al: I do believe the Democratic party has moved far to the right. I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants running around in donkey clothes.
Al: Who defines terrorists? Today's terrorist is tomorrow's friend.
Al: Crime is going down everywhere but in the New York City Police Department.