The IOP appearance, White said, was an added bonus.
"Sharpton was coming up anyway," White said. "And was interested in coming for the Forum also. He seemed enthused about it."
But in recent weeks, the longtime activist has become increasingly busy as candidates in the New York mayoral race compete for his endorsement, adding to his already hectic schedule.
Sharpton's spokesperson was unavailable for comment yesterday.
--Staff writer Christina S.N. Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.