The Reverend Al Sharpton urged students to protest racial profiling in a speech last night at Lowell Lecture Hall.
Unlike his visit to Harvard Law School last month, when he spoke about a criminal rehabilitation program, this time his signature cause was the focus of his visit.
Racial profiling is the term used to describe law enforcement officials' use of race or ethnicity as a factor in identifying individuals they believe may be potential criminals.
"This issue has cut across all racial lines," Sharpton said. "There is nothing more stressful than being black in America, where you are victimized by cops and robbers."
The controversial New York resident, whose speech was sponsored by the Black Men's Forum (BMF), arrived sporting pinstripes, a crimson tie and his characteristic James Brown-style hairdo for his second visit to Harvard this year. A crowd of over 100 waited through his hour-long plane delay to hear him.
Dr. S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, BMF President Shearwood McClelland '00 and Fletcher University Professor Cornel R. West '74 offered brief introductory remarks.
McClelland said racial profiling is a problem that transcends race.
"The practice of racial profiling affects us all, black or white," he said.
Sharpton, Koch Offer Criminal Rehab PlanThe Reverend Al Sharpton, a controversial New York political figure, shared the Harvard Law School (HLS) stage with former New
Moral Cowardice and Bigotry at the Law SchoolHe's fought against "faggots," "yellow niggers," "white interlopers" and "diamond merchants." His political organization is littered with avowed racists, anti-Semites
Civil Rights Activist Sharpton Addresses Police Brutality at Law SchoolSpeaking at the opening forum of Harvard Law School's Black Law Students Association's (HBLSA) 17th annual spring conference Friday, New
Ogletree, Sharpton Join To Defend Suspects in StabbingA Harvard Law School professor has joined civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton to defend a rap group implicated in
Sharpton Cancels Appearances at IOPOn May 1, a week before the end of the longest sit-in in Harvard history, Al Sharpton, one of New
Speech Gets Mixed ReviewsThe Rev. Al Sharpton's call for increased student activism struck a chord with many audience members in Emerson Hall last