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In celebration of legendary singer, songwriter, activist and actor Harry Belafonte's 94th birthday on March 1, a surprise live virtual party will be held on Sunday, February 28 at 7:00 PM ET. The Gathering for Harry will feature performances and appearances from Common, Danny
Glover, Chuck D, Bernie & Jane Sanders, Stacey Abrams, Aloe Blacc, Tamika D. Mallory, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jackie Cruz, Aja Monet, Mysonne The General, Diane
Nash, Carmen Perez-Jordan, DJ Carisma, Bryan Stevenson and more, benefitting nonprofit organization The Gathering for Justice
and sponsored in part by Hope and Robert F. Smith Family - tickets to this event are available here.
As Mr. Belafonte celebrates his 94th birthday, the event will be packed with star-studded performances, video tributes and testimonials by civil rights and racial justice leaders, elected officials, artists, athletes and many more paying homage to the icon and the proud founder of The Gathering for Justice. Belafonte started the organization in 2005 after witnessing a news report of a 5-year-old Black
girl being handcuffed and arrested in her Florida classroom for "being unruly." The organization's mission is to build a movement to end child incarceration while working to eliminate the racial inequities that permeate the justice system.
As our nation faces a critical time in our democracy and the fight to protect our freedom, much of the work of today's movement for justice is inspired by the leadership and guidance of Mr. B, as he's lovingly called. In 2014, Belafonte received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (he is also one of few people to achieve EGOT status by winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award). He was a confidant of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. and a prominent force in ending South Africa's oppressive apartheid regime and the release of his friend, Nelson
Mandela. From his Calypso album being the first LP in history to sell more than one million copies to his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, Belafonte has created a lasting legacy to remember.
The Gathering for Harry Participants:
Bryan Stevenson (Legacy Award)
Dr. Bernard Lafayette
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Gaye Theresa Johnson
Greshem (Legacy Award)
Hope and Robert F. Smith Family (Sponsor)
Jane and Bernie Sanders
Jason Daley Kennedy
Keiajah 'KJ' Gabbrell (Youth Justice
Luis Jonathan Hernandez
Marcia and Michael Eric Dyson
Mysonne The General
Rev. Al Sharpton
Tamika D. Mallory
Tony Shaloub & Brooke Adams
Xochitl Larios (Youth Justice
And more to come.