In a recent public appearance, legendary singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte talked about the fate of America in Donald Trump’s hands.
According to The Guardian, Belafonte said “the country made a mistake” when it elected Trump as president.
“I think the next mistake might very well be the gas chamber and what happened to Jews [under] Hitler is not too far from our door,” he was quoted as saying.
The “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” singer gave an in-depth talk at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh about his life, his music and his decades-long fight for social justice. The 90-year-old said it would be his final public appearance.
“We have achieved a lot in my lifetime,” Belafonte said, per The Guardian. “Dr. King was not about nothing. Eleanor Roosevelt was not about nothing. I think in the final analysis that we shall overcome because what we did is … we left a harvest that generations to come [will] reap. That they have not yet plowed. That they have not yet harvested.”
A native of Jamaica, Belafonte was instrumental in getting Hollywood’s elite actors, including Marlon Brando, to participate in Dr. King’s historic March on Washington in 1963, and he was an honorary co-chair for the Women’s March on Washington earlier this year.
He and fellow actor and activist Sidney Poitier were born nine days apart and have been long-time friends. They reportedly met in New York at age twenty, before either was in show business.
As an entertainer, Belafonte was the first African American to win an Emmy Award. “The King of Calypso” was also the recipient of several Grammys as well as a Tony. In 2014, he received the honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards.