“Empire” Creator Will Be Recognized For His Work To Challenge Homophobia In The Black Community
The Rev. Al Sharpton will give Lee Daniels an award for his work to show the anti-gay bias that exists in the African-American community.
Daniels will receive a humanitarian award at the National Action Network’s “Keepers of the Dream” dinner and ceremony April 9 as part of the organization’s annual convention.
Rev. Sharpton told BOSSIP that Daniels was the natural choice for the honor.
“We have to confront the biases in our community that stop us from collectively fighting discrimination,” the Rev. Sharpton told BOSSIP. “What Lee Daniels did by raising the issue, in Empire, with the whole conflict of Lucius and his son…he is making us confront our own biases.”
“He has stood up, raised this issue, and also said that ‘I’m gay,’” the Rev. Sharpton added.
The Rev. Sharpton has made homophobia in the African-American community a major focus of the free four-day Manhattan convention, the first convening of civil rights leaders since the Justice Department released a scathing report on racist police in Ferguson, Mo. and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the protests in Selma, Al.