A big happy birthday goes out to Civil Rights Leader and MSNBC talk show host Al Sharpton, who celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday.

Rev Al rang in his 65th year on this earth in style - by throwing a black-tie affair at the NY's swanky NYPL's  Schwarzman Building. The legendary activist looked great, and so did his 42 year girlfriend, Aisha McShaw, who is a personal stylist and designer.

Here are some pics of the two of them from the event:

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The room was full of politicians and VIPs from all over the world - including Valerie Jarrett, Spike Lee, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, and Samuel Jackson.

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Rev Al Sharpton is a civil rights activist, Baptist minister, talk show host and politician.

Sharpton is also the founder of the National Action Network. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election.

He hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin' It Real, and he makes regular guest appearances on cable news television. 

In 2011, he was named the host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation, a nightly talk show. In 2015, the show was moved to Sunday mornings.

On January 12, 1991, Sharpton escaped serious injury when he was stabbed in the chest in the schoolyard at P.S. 205 by Michael Riccardi while Sharpton was preparing to lead a protest through Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, New York. The intoxicated attacker was apprehended by Sharpton's aides and handed over to police, who were present for the planned protest.

In 1992, Riccardi was convicted of first-degree assault. Sharpton asked the judge for leniency when sentencing Riccardi. The judge sentenced Riccardi to five to 15 years in jail, and he served ten years in prison being released on parole on January 8, 2001.

Sharpton, although forgiving his attacker and pleading for leniency on his behalf, filed suit against New York City alleging that the many police present had failed to protect him from his attacker. In December 2003, he finally reached a $200,000 settlement with the city just as jury selection was about to start