PROMINENT civil rights activist Al Sharpton is to give a talk at the Oxford Union tonight.

He will be at the world-famous debating chamber in St Michael’s Street at 8pm.

An influential figure in the late 1990s, he protested with other race campaigners including Rev Jesse Jackson.

Also a Baptist Minister, Mr Sharpton’s work acted as a precursor to the Black Lives Matter movement. He worked as an adviser to President Obama, who described him as “the voice of the voiceless’.

The talk at the union was originally scheduled for May 28.