(With Anthony Walton)
ISBN 0-385- 47583-7
Reviewed for The Black Star
by Carol Taylor
The initial difficulty in reviewing a book about Rev. Al Sharpton is that every other sentence is so relevant to the Black African struggle for liberation that to quote everything you'd want others to read would be tantamount to reproducing his entire book. When have you heard of a minister giving his first sermon at the age of four? Everyone has heard of this man, but, as the book clearly illustrates, many haven't a clue as to the depth of his dedication to the very people who think they know (and own) him.
His life story, Go & Tell Pharoah takes us on a chronological trip from Sharpton's early begin-
ings, including his interaction with famous people such as Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who was a major influence on his young life. Most young Americans - particularly whites - do not understand Powell's significance at every level of this country's social strata. I may as well add:they don't even remotely understand Sharpton's significance.
The unpleasant number of typos - what were the editors up to? - are mitigated because the book is packed with strong uncompromising statements that the Reverend is famous for. He pulls no punches with politicians, the media, and even himself. To read about his early child abuse by a "caretaker," and his father's unconventional lifestyle, is riveting.
I would venture that even some of the staunchest activists are not aware that there were 39 marches into Bensonhurst, led by Sharpton, Alton Maddox and others to protest the murder of Yusef Hawkins;29 marches to
For those interested in absolute grassroots power and how it is meticulously built from the gound up, and right out of an existence forged in the outrageous ovens of depredation of Black Africans in America, Go & Tell is a must-quickly-read. Go buy it from a Black African bookstore.
(Of course, it's an added fillip for a reviewer to be mentioned in the book one reviews;see page 229!)