Posted on August 2, 2005

Sharpton Forms Group to Promote Racial Harmony in LA

AP, Aug. 2

LOS ANGELES — The Reverend Al Sharpton has announced he’s forming a coalition to promote racial unity between blacks and Hispanics in Los Angeles, hoping to ease a long-running rivalry over jobs, housing and schools.

At a news conference today, Sharpton said “Neither community can be what it needs to be unless we are together.”

Sharpton called for a range of public activities aimed at bringing attention to the shared interests of blacks and Hispanics, from community forums to church visits to radio appearances. The group, the Latino and African-American Leadership Alliance, plans a march later this month on the anniversary of the Watts racial riots.

Sharpton said he’s particularly concerned about conflict in schools and tension between black and Hispanic students.