Shock from the past?
March 18, 2007 9:01pm CST
On Steinway "Good morning." Al Sharpton, one of today’s best-known civil rights figures of presidential candidate in 2004. Strom Thurmond, the late Senator who once run for president as a segregationist and had a biracial daughter. He died a few years ago at the age of 100. The two families share a newly discovered link. "I couldn’t describe the emotions that I have had over the last two or three days, thinking about and does everything from anger and outrage to reflection and to some pride and glory. " The New York Daily News worked with ancestry.com to look into Sharpton’s background for a special report and discovered the link. Explaining it this way, Sharpton’s great grandfather Coleman Sharpton along with a woman believed to be his wife and two children were given as slaves to Julia Thurmond. She and Strom Thurmond shared an ancestor. In the story of the Thurmonds and the Sharptons is the story of the shame and gloria of America. Sharpton said when the paper approached him with the idea he knew he learnt a lot but he wasn’t prepared for what he calls probably the most shocking thing in his life. "In a thunderstorm you go outside, you expect the thunder and the lightning. Well, until someone tells you it's going to last 40 days, that's like hearing how Strom Thurmond was part of the deal.” Sharpton said he once met Thurmond years ago. He has not spoken with Thunmond’s relatives about the news. Sharpton called this an opportunity for Americans to think about history and by how far the nation has come.