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Rev Al Sharpton heads to Parliament

APPEARANCE: Rev Al Sharpton

AFRICAN AMERICAN Civil Rights leader Rev Al Sharpton will once again team up with Operation Black Vote, and Blaksox to address a black leaders audience in Parliament to talk about the rising knife and gun crime in the UK, and punitive drugs policy which disproportionately targets black youths.

Rev Sharpton has long been a good friend and supportive of black British race equality campaigns and individual families such as the parents of Roland Adams who was racially murdered in 1991.

For 50 years, he has been at the frontline of race equality campaigns, from his early days of working with Rev Jesse Jackson back in 1969 on Operation Breadbasket, to becoming a senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

Speaking ahead of his arrival and visit to Parliament on Wednesday (June 5), , Sharpton said: "I'm looking forward to addressing Britain's black leaders in Parliament. We have lots to discuss, including continuing race inequality, rising knife crime, and drugs policies that racially target black people."

Here in the UK, Sharpton will draw comparisons with the US ‘war on drugs’, which too often translates to a war on black communities.

Other speakers on the day will include Diane Abbott MP and Lee Jasper.

During his visit, Rev Sharpton will also meet with the Prime Minister's Race Equality Advisor Nero Ughwujabo to discuss The Race Disparity Audit.

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