Rev. Al Sharpton to Be Honored at BET Awards

5:26 PM PST 06/14/2012 by Sophie Schillaci
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The longtime political activist will be presented with the Humanitarian Award during the Samuel L. Jackson-hosted event.

Reverend Dr. Al Sharpton may not have a hit single, but he’ll take center stage during the BET Awards to accept the Humanitarian Award.

Sharpton, a longtime political activist and advocate for social reform, joins a list of honorees that has previously included Steve Harvey, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean, Quincy Jones, Don Cheadle, Denzel Washington, Magic Johnson and Muhammad Ali, among others.

Sharpton was selected specifically for his work as the founder and president of the National Action Network, a nonprofit civil rights organization based out of Harlem, as well as his radio talk show (Keepin’ It Real) and his national cable television show (Politics Nation on MSNBC).

Scheduled for Sunday, July 1, this year’s BET Awards will air live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium, with actor Samuel L. Jackson slated to host. The show will feature performances and appearances from Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer and more.

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