Al Sharpton hails Harry Belafonte as an ‘activist changing history’

Al Sharpton hailed Harry Belafonte as a “history-changing activist”.

Harry Belafonte has died aged 96

Harry Belafonte has died aged 96

The award-winning star died in New York on Tuesday (25.04.23), aged 96, after suffering congestive heart failure, and the civil rights activist has previously taken to social media to make a vibrant tribute to his friend.

Alongside a series of throwback images of them together, Al wrote on Twitter: “I am heartbroken to learn of the death of Harry Belafonte, a true mentor and friend. I treasured the time he would give me , to me and others, to guide and correct us. He was a history-changing activist, a culture-changing artist, and an unparalleled intellectual. RIP and Power, Mr. B (sic)”

Mia Farrow also took to social media to praise the chart-topping star.

The 78-year-old actress described Belafonte as a “deeply moral and caring man”.

She wrote on Twitter: “We have lost the great Harry Belafonte, magnificent singer, brilliant and courageous civil rights activist, a deeply moral and caring man. I miss you already Harry [broken-heart emoji] (sic)”

Elsewhere, Jeffrey Wright hailed Belafonte as a “standard bearer”.

The award-winning actor also praised the iconic star for his role in the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and 60s.

Jeffrey – who has won several awards during his career, including an Emmy, a Tony and a Golden Globe – wrote on the microblogging platform: “Harry Belafonte was a standard bearer, in the tradition of Robeson, for generational and deeply informed art. and a committed social and political commitment. Perhaps the last of a great tribe. As smart as he was handsome. He encountered the moment throughout his life. What a man. RIP (sic)”

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