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Statement from Vice President Kamala Harris on the Death of Harry Belafonte

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Harry Belafonte was one of the most powerful voices for change in America.

As an activist, Harry Belafonte has helped lead the fight for civil rights and human rights here and around the world, inspiring a generation of young leaders to fight for change. He is Martin Luther King, Jr. He has used his voice and resources to advocate for the cause of racial justice, calling for freedom alongside Dr. and supporting organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. On stage and screen, ‘King of Calypso’ captivated audiences around the world.

Like all true patriots, Harry Belafonte had the ability to see what could be and the courage to work to make that vision a reality. He fought to help America live up to its highest ideals of dignity, equity, and justice for all.

It has been an honor to call Harry a valued friend over the years and to count on his wisdom and advice. America has lost a giant.

Today Doug and I are praying for his family and loved ones.

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