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photo"Controversial" has been the adjective most often associated with Reverend Al Sharpton in the mainstream media.

Now, the powerful and highly visible leader is hoping to become more "presidential." His political profile is marked by accusations of racism and opportunism, but Al Sharpton dismisses the criticism as symptomatic of America's racial divide.

Tonight, Al Sharpton lays out his platform in his own words.


The Reverend Al Sharpton, president and Founder of the National Action Network

News Analyst Jack Beatty, Senior Editor for "The Atlantic Monthly"

This program aired on February 4, 2003.

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