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In 30 years of civil rights service many haven’t gone through the transformation that the Reverend Al Sharpton has.

From a fire-mouthed civil rights leader who appeared on television shows fighting other guests; to leading protests in New York City that almost led to race wars; to now backing President Obama on several issues and debating with many prominent African-American scholars, the founder of the National Action Network is proof that people “can change.”

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In an interview with 60 Minutes, Sharpton spoke about the Tawanna Brawley case, his relationship with President Obama, black unemployment, and how he is now a “refined agitator.”

“I think that America and Al Sharpton has transformed. I think it’s a different country and I think that therefore I’ve become a different person in that context,” Sharpton told correspondent Lesley Stahl.

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