Dominique Sharpton watches her dad as he speaks to a room full of admirers there to celebrate his 54th birthday.
New York Governor David Paterson, left, and R&B great James Mtume were there to celebrate Rev. Al’s birthday at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in New York City.
A pioneer in his own right, former Mayor of New York City David Dinkins, left, looks fantastic standing next to Rachel Noerdlinger, vice president of Communications for Reverend Al Sharpton Media.
Legendary R&B singer Roberta Flack has known Rev. Al for years.
Singer and actress Melba Moore is a close friend of the Sharpton family.
Rev. Al, New York Governor David Paterson and Melba Moore (left to right) look on in anticipation of some birthday cake as they wait for Roberta Flack to finish up her speech.
Rev. Al jokingly said New York Governor David Patterson can see more than he lets on. The pair cut his birthday cake together.
Talk about being well connected. A slew of New York City officials came out to celebrate Rev. Al’s 54th birthday.
James Mtume, Rev. Al, his daughter Dominique Sharpton, and Gov. Paterson all share in the festivities.
Two of James Brown’s daughters, who think of Rev. Al as a “brother,” presented him with this enlarged photo of the Godfather of Soul with his mentee.