Enjoyed speaking with Rev. Al Sharpton backstage at the Essence Music Festival. Among other things, Rev. Sharpton told an excited Essence crowd that President Obama needed their unwavering support and enthusiasm to win in November, that the struggle for full equality was far from over, and continue to pray and stand with the parents of Trayvone Martin who accompanied Rev. Sharpton on stage.
No matter what some may say or think, I have nothing but respect for a man who has dedicated over 40 years fighting for Civil Rights and on the behalf of the defenseless, poor, and disenfranchised. It was truly an honor to share a few ideas with him today (e.g. I thanked him for offering to come to Tulsa after the racially motivated Good Friday shootings), and glad he still has the energy to travel the nation advocating for justice. Rev. Sharpton, thank you for your service to the cause of equality.
Damario Solomon-Simmons, M.Ed., J.D., is the managing partner of SolomonSimmonSharrock & Associates law firm and an adjunct professor of African & African-American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His life’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or @solospeakstruth