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Sat Oct 21, 2017, 09:22 PM

Harry Belafonte tells crowd at likely last public appearance: 'We shall overcome'

Source: The Guardian

Harry Belafonte tells crowd at likely last public appearance: 'We shall overcome'

Singer and civil rights activist, 90, holds Pittsburgh audience spellbound with tales of his life and denunciation of Trump as a national ‘mistake’

Mike Elk in Pittsburgh
Saturday 21 October 2017 16.59 BST

Harry Belafonte appeared dazed, struggling to stand with a cane as an aide guided him slowly to his place on stage. Having caught his breath, the 90-year-old singer and civil rights activist warned the crowd at Carnegie Music Hall on Friday night that this was likely his last public appearance.

It lasted nearly two hours. Despite appearing disoriented – a stroke a few years ago took away his inner-ear balance – and taking long breaks to gathers his thoughts, Belafonte brought the crowd to rising cheers and chants.

He also made a startling statement. In electing Donald Trump, he said, “the country made a mistake and 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.”

For the most part, though, Belafonte talked about his life. He recounted how when he was seven his mother, a Jamaican immigrant who worked long days, made him promise he would never let injustice go unchallenged.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/21/harry-belafonte-we-shall-overcome-trump

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Sat Oct 21, 2017, 11:24 PM

1. I hope he gets to see the moron out of the oval office before he passes.

That is my wish for myself. That way I can die with some peace of mind.

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