De Blasio said Sharpton has "stayed very connected" to the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.
"You've carried on Dr. King's -- not only his message, but his approach to making social change," the mayor said. "You've shown that it's just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago."
The mayor also spoke about Sharpton's defense of young people brought to the country as children and here illegally, known as "DREAMers," after President Donald Trump said he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Sharpton and Cardinal Timothy Dolan joined the mayor in a September rally at City Hall to support the so-called dreamers.
"That is another example, your activism is just as fresh, just as as powerful today as 50 years ago when you started," de Blasio said.
Wasn't this guy James Brown's tour manager 50 years ago?