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Profile examines Sharpton’s presence in a new era of activism

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The Rev. Al Sharpton listens during an interview with the AP at his New York office, July 30, 2020. – AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews

Aaron Morrison, race and ethnicity writer; Bebeto Matthews, photographer; David Martin, video journalist; and Derek Karikari, video producer, delivered an exclusive multiformat profile about how the man who helped popularize the 1980s cry, “No justice, no peace,” has put himself at the center of a new wave of activism, in a new millennium. The package captured the complex qualities that make up Sharpton, who is revered by activists he has helped groom and families of countless victims of police and vigilante violence, but who has fierce critics, too. The profile, examining both his triumphs and his missteps, helped set up AP’s coverage of the March on Washington later in the week.

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