Harry Belafonte was a fighter for justice, and when he passed away on April 28th, 2023 at the age of 96, he left behind a legacy of radical activism that spanned decades. Belafonte was a singer, actor, and civil rights activist who used his platform to fight for the oppressed, from African Americans in the U.S. to people of color around the world.
Belafonte’s passing was felt by many, including Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders, who all paid tribute to the legendary performer on social media. Winfrey, who considered Belafonte a mentor, wrote on Instagram, “Harry Belafonte was a force of nature, a true icon of our time. He fought against injustice with fierce determination and unwavering commitment. He will be deeply missed.”
Former President Barack Obama also paid tribute to Belafonte, tweeting, “Harry Belafonte was a trailblazer and inspiration, not just as an artist, but as a voice for justice, equality, and human rights. His music and his activism touched countless lives, and he will be greatly missed.”
Senator Bernie Sanders, who has long been a champion of civil rights and social justice, also acknowledged Belafonte’s impact on Twitter, writing, “Harry Belafonte was a true hero, and his legacy of activism and artistry will live on. He carried the torch for justice and equality for decades, inspiring generations to fight for a better world. We owe him a debt of gratitude.”
Belafonte’s impact on the world of music and activism cannot be overstated. He was a pioneer, paving the way for countless other artists and activists who followed in his footsteps. His death is a loss to us all, but his legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations to come.