- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Cash Money Content; First Edition edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936399474
- ISBN-13: 978-1936399475
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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Sharpton has come a long way from street activist to political commentator on MSNBC. Does his high status hurt his image as a rabble-rouser? Sharpton argues that leadership requires adaptability and the wisdom to change when it’s appropriate. Interweaving life lessons learned from relationships with larger-than-life personalities, from Adam Clayton Powell Jr. to James Brown to Michael Jackson, Sharpton emphasizes the importance of persistence and hard work. Placing himself in the context of a liberal progressive, he nonetheless criticizes the degrading elements of hip-hop culture and laments high rates of illegitimate births among African Americans. But while promoting black success stories, he is short on analysis of the complexities that have led to self-destructive behavior among black youth. A staunch Obama supporter, in defense of criticism of the president by liberals, he notes that the president cannot read our minds and charges black leaders with responsibility to push a black agenda that the president cannot because he is the president of all Americans. In his own way, Sharpton is telling black leadership that it is time to step up. --Vernon Ford
About the Author
Reverend Al Sharpton is a political and social activist and one of the nation’s most-renowned civil rights leaders in the fight against injustice. He is the founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, New York, with over sixty chapters nationwide including a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices from coast to coast. Reverend Al is currently the host of PoliticsNation, a daily television show on MSNBC; Keepin’ It Real, a nationally syndicated radio show; and House of Justice, a weekly Saturday broadcast from NAN’s Harlem Headquarters.
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Throughout the memoir, The Rejected Stone, there are examples of a man who always concerns himself with injustice. Also, he is a man who is a thinker. He seems to examine his life constantly. As far back as Bensonhurst, he has been a fighter for human rights. During the Bensonhurst incident, a man stabbed him in the chest. The knife landed inches from his heart. However, this did not change Al Sharpton's goal of being a man who fights injustice no matter what he must face. He also had the spiritual character to forgive the man who stabbed him. While fighting for human rights in Puerto Rico, he was arrested. He spent three months in prison. The conditions were horrible. Hillary Clinton spoke up and the wheels began to turn for Al Sharpton to spend the rest of his prison days in New York, his home town instead of in Puerto Rico.
I only cringed when I read the words, I want to be a great man. My question is if he couldn't be listed among the "great men," would he continue to work hard for the people? I know there are people who will never be known as great, but they continue to give and sacrifice for other people in need every day.
Anyway, this is a perfect book for any one who would like to strive at becoming a better person. He writes about the importance of a legacy. He writes about the legacy of James Brown and Michael Jackson. He raises a big and personal question. When you leave this earth, what will the people have to say about you? Will you have lived a life which left your family, your community, your country or the world a better place? What is your legacy? I know the legacy of Al Sharpton. He lives it daily. In the wee hours of the morning he rises to pray and read Psalm 37. Then, he begins a new day. He puts his legacy in practice. How can I give myself to someone else today? No one is beneath him. He is only here to help other people rise again and again no matter their plight.nationalactionnetwork
This book is for those who want an example how to transform your life. It is not where you start it is where you end up.
I would not recommend it to close minded folks. It will be to painful. It will challenge your status quo.
This book is historical. It should be mandatory reading in school and college to give a balanced picture of civil activist behind closed doors in the 20 the century and the millennium.
Rev. Sharpton spends less time on preaching sermons, and more time on applying those messages of morals, justice, righteousness, and peace in his path to global civil rights leadership. Integrity made the path smooth. The crafting of this book has every ingredient to make Rev. Sharpton a gem for followers of no justice, no peace responsibly. It sparks an obligation to ensure no child should be left behind because everybody has value. Overcoming his trials and tribulations only inspired a greater purpose for the founding of Rev. Sharpton’s national community-based organization, NAN, and why many great people from all around the world are attracted to this man wisdoms and advice.
The "The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and The Path to American leadership" is more than a good read. It has its teary moments, too, such as the passing of Mr. Brown and Michael Jackson. We all must start our journey and get on the path to go beyond boundaries. If I must critique the decisions or behaviors of this man to date, it would be allowing those old photos of Rev. Alfred Sharpton to be released and the lack of courage in seeking to be that transformational politician in office he was meant to be and the world needs. The book itself ignites a flame to jump in. Reverend's life glorifies God. My personal favorite is that the book is written on a reading/comprehension level that will be easy for today's adolescent readers all over the world.
by Agnes B. Levine 12/17/2013