*MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton was still “numb with shock” when he appeared today with anchor Brian Williams during the network’s round-the-clock coverage of Prince’s death.
“I got to know him first many years ago because of my father/son relationship with James Brown, whom he admired a lot,” Sharpton said.
The activist went on to speak about his dealings with Prince regarding civil rights.
“What many people didn’t know is he would support many of our civil rights causes,” Sharpton said. “I remember when we were raising the issue of justice around the Trayvon Martin killing, Prince called me and sent some funds that I gave to the family for him and never wanted recognition for it.