Sharpton, Al. (2013) The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership. Hardback | Cash Money Content | ISBN-13:9781936399475 | $13.46 | 272 Pages
On October 10th The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Authors’ tour hosted Rev. Al Sharpton to promote his new book The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership.
Civil rights activist and MSNBC's PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton makes his latest entry into the literary world with The Rejected Stone, which was released October 8th, 2013. The book's title is named after the biblical quote in Psalms chapter 118 verse 22.
He give details on his wisdom in chapters all their own titled, “Learning from Flawed Leaders,” “Never Rest on Your Laurels,” “Practice What You Preach,” and “Don’t Be Afraid to Be Big,” to name a few
I thought this book was good very insightful of his childhood stardom, as a 9-year-old preacher and his turbulent upbringing of moving from a middle class home to the projects.
Another rather interesting aspect of this book is the fact that it is distributed by Cash Money Content whose parent group is Cash Money Records, a record company with whom Rev. Sharpton has had a tumultuous relationship in recent years.
Just last summer, Rev. Sharpton called a meeting with Pepsi Co. to protest their endorsement of Cash Money rapper Lil' Wayne after he made an insensitive reference to Emmett Till, the African-American teen who was lynched in Mississippi back in 1955.
During the book's presentation, one the spectators in the crowd asked Rev. Sharpton about his unexpected collaboration with the same company that he protested. Sharpton eluded the question by saying that he was signed with company Simon & Schuster.
Needless to say, the circumstances surrounding the book's publishing are questionable. However, The Rejected Stone is a good read which covers the life and lessons of one of the most significant figures of the 21st century.