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 PM ET.
The Gathering for Harry will feature performances & appearances from Common, Danny Glover, Chuck D, Bernie & Jane Sanders, Stacey Abrams, Aloe Blacc, Tamika D. Mallory, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jackie Cruz and more, benefitting nonprofit organization The Gathering for Justice, which Belafonte founded 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. Belafonte 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. He’s also achieved EGOT status (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award) and his Calypso album was the 1st LP in history to sell more than one million copies