TOMORROW: REV. SHARPTON, NAN TO WELCOME SPIKE LEE, FORMER NY GOV. PATERSON TO HOUSE OF JUSTICE TO REFLECT ON HARRY BELAFONTE’S IMPACT ON ADVANCING EQUALITY—
Commemorating the life and legacy of Harlem-born civil rights icon who used his voice as a vessel for change
New York, NY (Friday, April 28, 2023) – Rev. Al Sharpton, the Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), will welcome acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee and former New York Governor David Paterson to the House of Justice on Saturday, April 29th at 9:30 a.m. to reflect on the remarkable life and legacy of Harry Belafonte, the Harlem-born singer who passed away earlier this week at the age of 96.
Belafonte was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement and used his platform to elevate the voices of marginalized communities. His contributions to social justice and activism are immeasurable and have inspired generations to continue fighting for equality.
“Harry Belafonte was a true mentor and friend. I am heartbroken to hear of his death but inspired by the long, fruitful life he led. He realized his platform gave him the ability to affect change. He used it to advance the civil rights movement and get others in his position off the sidelines,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN. “I cherished the time he would give me and others to both guide and correct us. He was a culture-changing entertainer, a history-changing activist, and an unmatchable intellectual. Rest in peace and power, Mr. B.”
The conversation is an opportunity to honor the life and legacy of Harry Belafonte, who dedicated himself to the struggle for social justice and civil rights. With the participation of Spike Lee and former Governor Paterson, NAN hopes to inspire a new generation of activists to continue the work of this visionary leader. We look forward to sharing this momentous occasion with the media and the public.
Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN
David Paterson, Former NY Governor
Spike Lee, Academy Award-winning producer, director, and screenwriter
Saturday, April 29th, 2023
Press call: 8:45 a.m.
Remarks: 9:30 a.m.
NAN House of Justice
106 West 145th St
New York NY, 10030
Watch the livestream at www.nationalactionnetwork.net/
Listen in NYC on WLIB 1190 AM
Watch on Impact Television / View on NAN’s social media
About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.
For more information go to www.nationalactionnetwork.net.