Black People : Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton’s great-grandfather was a slave owned by rela

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  1. dandan

    dandan Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton’s great-grandfather was a slave owned by relatives of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, a newspaper reported.

    Genealogists working at The Daily News’ behest recently uncovered the ancestral ties between one of the nation’s best known black leaders and a man who was once a prominent defender of segregation.

    According to the newspaper, the genealogists found documents establishing that Sharpton’s great-grandfather, Coleman Sharpton, was a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was Strom Thurmond’s great-great-grandfather. Coleman Sharpton was later freed.



    SURPRISE

    “It was probably the most shocking thing in my life,” Sharpton said at a news conference Sunday, the same day the tabloid revealed the story.

    Some of Thurmond’s relatives said the connection also came as a surprise to them. A niece, Ellen Senter, said she would speak with Sharpton if he were interested.



    MEETING

    Sharpton, who ran for president in 2004 on a ticket of racial justice, said he met Thurmond only once in 1991 when he visited Washington, D.C., with the late soul singer James Brown, who knew Thurmond. Sharpton said the meeting was “awkward.”

    “I was not happy to meet him because what he had done all his life,” Sharpton said.



    WHO IS THURMOND

    Strom Thurmond, of South Carolina, was once considered a symbol of segregation. During his 1948 bid for president, he promised to preserve racial segregation. In 1957, he filibustered for more than 24 hours against a civil rights bill.

    But Thurmond was seen as softening his stance later in his long life. He died in 2003, at 100. The longest-serving senator in history, he was originally a Democrat but became a Republican in 1964
    http://www.nlaq.com/2007/02/26/al-s...re-slaves-owned-by-strom-thurmonds-relatives/
     
  2. kemetkind

    kemetkind Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Very interesting story. Maybe sharpton created a career out of racial protest due to ancestral memory?
     
  3. oldiesman

    oldiesman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    civil rights...

    hey al,newflash...strom's great grandparents probably owned alot of us back in the day,get a life!
     
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