A man who allegedly stabbed the Rev. Al Sharpton with a steak knife has been charged with attempted murder in the racially motivated attack.

Michael Riccardi, 27, was charged Wednesday with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated harassment and discrimination.He was held in protective custody pending arraignment Friday.

Police say Riccardi, who is white, plunged a 5-inch knife into Sharpton's chest as the black activist was preparing to lead a protest march through Bensonhurst, a mostly white neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn. Police and prosecutors called the stabbing racially motivated.

The march was to protest the sentences given two white men convicted of killing a black teenager in Bensonhurst in August 1989.

Sharpton, 36, is recovering at a Brooklyn hospital.