Harry Belafonte may be 85 years old, but he’s nowhere near done championing causes he believes in. He’s now asking for black leaders to get more involved in the gun control conversation. Belafonte made the comments during a recent visit to the Rhode Island School of Art and Design.
“What really concerns me is the ingredients of the discourse,” he said. “The African-American community … where is that community? Where is that voice? I think the black community, the black leadership need to stir it up.”
He also implored people in attendance to change their mindset and look at the world from a different angle.
“What I find missing mostly in the American discourse is the rejection of radical thought,” he said. “They (national leaders) speak within the same dull space they inherited from past oppressors.”
The King of Calypso's civil rights activism goes back to his work as an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. He also donated money to Martin Luther King. I love that Belafonte refuses to remain silent and encourages the best from the world.