The Rev. Al Sharpton's contribution to Black people and African America goes wwwwwaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy BEYOND anything that MOST Black people have EVER contributed to our community. And most of those that disparage them would be hard-pressed to name another individual who has been able to bring about the positive changes in legislation, employment, respect, economic and educational progress that we enjoy today!!
Both with and without MLK at his side.
It is a tragedy of our ignorance who some of us are willing to hold up as being deserving of respect (athletes, entertainers, scam artists, preachers child molesters) .... while others that have actually EARNED it (civil rights fighters, educators, abolitionists (past and present), mentors) are ridiculed as being insignificant.
We still have such a long damn way to go.