Listen To Harry Belafonte Discuss Trump, The Future Of America, And More During Last Public Appearance
Legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte did not mince his words during a recent public speaking event.
The two-hour talk, which took place at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh on Friday, was referred to Belafonte as his "last public appearance," with the 90-year-old discussing everything from his upbringing and the success of "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" to his generation's contributions to American democracy and the future of the country.
"We have achieved a lot in my lifetime," Belafonte said according to the Guardian. "Dr. King was not about nothing, Eleanor Roosevelt was not about nothing. I think in the final analysis that we shall overcome, because what we did is…we left a harvest that generations to come [will] reap. That they have not yet plowed. That they have not yet harvested."
He also spoke about the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, saying that "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."
\u201cHarry Belafonte: \u201cThis will be my last public appearance.\u201d We are honored to host him.\u201d— Carnegie Museum of Art (@Carnegie Museum of Art) 1508545715
A couple months back Belafonte offered his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick and his take a knee protest, as well as him being ostracized from the NFL following the protest.
"To mute the slave is always been to the best interests of the slave owner," Belafonte said during an interview with TVOne's Roland Martin. "...I think that speaking out and making people aware of the fact that you are paying homage to an anthem that also has a constituency that by the millions suffer is a righteous thing to do. The fact that these people are having these 'How dare you speak out against lynching?' and all of the things that racism stands for or the conclusions to racist acts permit — I think is a statement about America."