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Happy 90th Birthday to Legendary Actor, Activist Harry Belafonte

HeadlineMar 01, 2017

And today is legendary singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte’s 90th birthday. For decades, Belafonte has been a leading voice for civil rights. He was one of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest confidants and helped organize the March on Washington in 1963. More recently, he was an honorary co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, the largest protest after a president’s inauguration in U.S. history. In December, Harry Belafonte joined Democracy Now! for our 20th anniversary celebration at the historic Riverside Church here in Manhattan.

Harry Belafonte: “A group of young black students in Harlem, just a few days ago, asked me what, at this point in my life, was I looking for. And I said, 'What I've always been looking for: Where resides the rebel heart?’ Without the rebellious heart, without people who understand that there’s no sacrifice we can make that is too great to retrieve that which we’ve lost, we will forever be distracted with possessions and trinkets and title.”

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