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American civil rights activist, Rev. Al Sharpton files for divorce from wife after 17 years of separation


Alfred Charles Sharpton. an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, talk show host and politician has filed for divorce from his wife, Kathy Jordan whom he’s been separated from for 17 years.


The 66-year-old civil rights activist filed for a contested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday February 11, court records show. 




Sharpton and Jordan met in the \’70s when Al was touring with James Brown and she was a backup singer. They got married in 1980 and were together for 24 years before their split. The pair have two daughters together, Dominique and Ashley Sharpton. 


The civil rights activist and MSNBC star has been in a relationship with Aisha McShaw, a personal stylist from Westchester since 2013.

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