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.
“It was an honor and a privilege to know him. The National Urban League and the Urban League Movement will cherish his memory and strive to honor his legacy.”