Reverend Al Sharpton will announce two major projects this month: a lucrative book deal with a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the construction of a new headquarters and activism library for his National Action Network (NAN).
The civil rights leader will pair with Karen Hunter to pen an intimate biography about his life’s milestones and pitfalls including his first meeting with President Obama and the challenges of being middle-aged and single after ending his 23-year marriage, Sharpton said in a statement. The book will also discuss the state of the country since the turn of the century. The working title is “Mountain Highs and Valley Lows.”
Meanwhile, Sharpton’s civil rights group, the National Action Network, is launching a $20 million dollar capital drive to construct a new home for the organization.
A spokeswoman said Sharpton wants a new building with an auditorium for rallies, a resource center to train emerging activists and a public library featuring manuscripts dating back to the abolitionist movement.
“We will be working to secure commitments for the $20 million dollar capital drive which will make it an achievable and realistic goal,” Sharpton said in a written statement.
The current headquarters has stood in Harlem since 1996.
Over the last three years, Sharpton has weathered personal financial woes stemming from outstanding taxes and debt associated with NAN. The activist says his money issues should be resolved within the next few months.
“We have in the last two years been able to significantly reduce those liabilities, positioned ourselves to possibly resolve all tax issues in the first quarter of the New Year and bring great stability to the organization,” he said in a statement.
A National Action Network spokeswoman said further details about the capital drive will be released during the week of Jan. 10.