D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Praises Al Sharpton for ‘Making Social Justice a Reality’
(CNSNews.com) - The arrest of George Zimmerman shows that the Rev. Al Sharpton is “making social justice a reality,” D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said on Thursday, as she accepted an award from Sharpton’s National Action Network.
Norton, the District of Columbia’s non-voting member of Congress, spoke one day after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
“Receiving a social justice award from an organization whose specialty, whose very mission is social justice, is an honor indeed… an honor that I can only accept with great humility,” Norton said. “Reverend Al…has dedicated his life to social justice and making social justice a reality, as his contribution most recently shows with the arrest in Sanford, Fla.”
Norton called it “truly gratifying” to see how easy it is to mobilize social justice campaigns in the age of social media.
“Before I became a civil rights lawyer, when I was a kid in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, you know I think about it, we could not even imagine reaching people by Facebooking them or Tweeting them about what’s happening down here, as we made our way through the delta towns of Mississippi.
“And we certainly did not have the likes of Reverend Al, whose megaphone with a television attached to it has been able to bring finally the beginnings of justice for Trayvon Martin,” she said.