Fury at Crown Heights school’s plan to bestow Rev. Al Sharpton with honorary doctorate


Rev. Al Sharpton, a master of agitation, could soon be a doctor of humane letters.

Taxpayer-funded Medgar Evers College, a CUNY school in the middle of Crown Heights, is planning to bestow the honorary doctorate on the man many say inflamed tensions during the bloody 1991 race riots in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

The college, in a resolution to go before a committee Monday, says it wants to recognize Sharpton’s “unwavering commitment to racial, educational and socioeconomic equity” at its June 5 commencement.

The degree would come nearly 28 years after Sharpton played a key role in the days of violence that rocked Crown Heights.

The turmoil began on Aug. 19, 1991, after 7-year-old Gavin Cato, who was black, was accidentally struck and killed by the motorcade of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the head of the Lubavitch Hasidic sect.

Within hours, Hasidic scholar Yankel Rosenbaum, 29, was set upon by an angry mob reportedly shouting “Kill the Jew,” and stabbed to death.

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