Houston Area Urban League President and CEO Judson Robinson III issued the following statement regarding the death of Harry Belafonte:
“It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of Harry Belafonte, a true legend and icon in the world of music, film, and civil rights activism. As CEO of the Houston Area Urban League, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the profound impact that Mr. Belafonte had on our society and on our organization.
Mr. Belafonte was not only an immensely talented artist, but also a tireless champion for social justice and human rights. He used his celebrity and his platform to speak out against racism, poverty, and inequality, and to support movements for justice and equality around the world. His commitment to these issues was unwavering, and he continued to be a vocal advocate for marginalized communities until the end of his life.
At the Houston Area Urban League, we are inspired by Mr. Belafonte’s legacy of activism and advocacy. We strive to honor his memory by continuing our work to promote economic and social empowerment, advance civil rights and social justice, and create opportunities for all people to achieve their full potential.
We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Belafonte’s family, friends, and colleagues, and we join with millions of people around the world in mourning his loss. His contributions to our society will never be forgotten, and his spirit will continue to inspire us as we work to build a more just and equitable world. “
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NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE MOURNS THE PASSING OF CIVIL RIGHTS ICON HARRY BELAFONTE
NEW YORK (April 25, 2023) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement regarding the death of Harry Belafonte:
“The passing of civil rights icon Harry Belafonte leaves a devastating void in the racial justice community. Before his rise, no entertainer had ever used the platform and resources his fame afforded him to accomplish so much. His personal and financial support was critical to every major event of the Civil Rights Movement , from the Freedom Rides and the Birmingham Campaign to the March on Washington and the Freedom Summer of voter registration.
“Every American who works for racial justice takes inspiration from his unwavering commitment. He faced down threats to his career, having been blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, and threats to his life, notably when he and Sydney Poitier were chased by Klansmen while delivering contributions to voting rights activists in Mississippi.