By Gregory K. Taylor
Harry Belafonte came to town last night, sponsored by KPFA Radio of Berkeley, California, to present his memoir “My Song.” It is a rare opportunity to witness a recitation of historical events through the words of a celebrated vocalist, actor, civil-rights activist, and writer.
|Harry Belafonte, Joan's mother, and Joan Baez|
Mr. Belafonte credited his early successes breaking into the entertainment business with advice given him by mentor, actor, singer, and trailblazer Paul Robeson. “Get the world to sing your song and they will want to know who you are,” he was told. Through this art form of song in propagating a more salient message for social justice, Harry Belafonte has gotten the world to sing his song.
Luminaries providing introductory tribute were Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Folk Singer Joan Baez, Dr Mona Scott, and a sonnet read by Al Young.