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Al Sharpton to speak at Elmhurst College

The Rev. Al Sharpton is a Baptist minister, a veteran social activist, an outspoken radio and television host, a former candidate for president and a leading figure in the long struggle against racial prejudice and injustice.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22, Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual Niebuhr Forum on Religion in Public Life at Elmhurst College.

Sharpton is the founder and president of the National Action Network, a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in New York City, with more than 60 chapters nationwide.

He is the host of the “PoliticsNation,” a television program on MSNBC that analyzes the top political and social news of the day. He also hosts a nationally syndicated, daily radio show, “Keepin’ It Real,” and two weekend radio shows.

In March 2013, a Zogby poll found that one out of four African Americans says the Sharpton is the person who speaks the most for them.

The Niebuhr Forum on Religion in Public Life is an opportunity for scholars, civic leaders and public intellectuals from diverse fields to address the role and impact of religion on the common good.

The Niebuhr Forum on Religion in Public Life takes place in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is $20 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting www.elmhurst.edu/tix. For more information, call (630) 617-3390.

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