One of the people I admired the most growing up was Harry Belafonte. He used his talent as an Actor and Singer to bring attention to the need for Justice among all peoples. At 83 he is still going strong with a new film showing at the Sundance Film Festival 'Sing Your Song'.
Harry Belafonte at 83 still active for Justice
In 1965 when the Race Riots were breaking out in cities across America, Harry Belafonte and South African singer Miriam Makeba won the Grammy for their Live Album promoting Peace. It was such a powerful statement. I was in High School and was riding my bike to a part time job I had when gun fire broke out. No one escaped that hot summer of unrest. MLK, and so many others walked arm in arm to show us another way to address the segregation and injustices that were part of everyday life. Imagine our big event was to let mixed races swim together at the YMCA pool.
In the summer of 68 Miriam Makeba's husband Huge Masekela came to our city to give a concert with Lou Rawls, who set up an Education Foundation, all these people knew Social Justice was more than one March or one Speech. I'm so glad to see Mr. Belafonte in such good health and high spirits and still an activist.
It is difficult for us who grew up in the 70s and 80s to understand the segregation and bigotry that was "normal" in society in the 50s and 60s.
Sure, we felt the echoes of it but the overness of racism was largely dismantled.
Anyhow, you know my faith and my hope.
Colossians 3:9-11 (Contemporary English Version)
9 And stop lying to each other. You have given up your old way of life with its habits.
10 Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better.
11 It doesn't matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a Scythian, and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
Blessing in Christ,