Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MLK letter and Impact of Harry Belafonte Jr.

From reading Dr. King's letter, the single thing that meant the most to me was his description of what was happening to the African American community while the clergy men were thinking the situations were getting better, and the African American community should be patient and wait. King tells the clergy men that "When you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters... then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait." I can't understand how any human being can know this, because there is no way they could have been ignorant of what was really happening, and even think about telling the black community to wait. It isn't right for anyone to go through anything that they had to endure just for human respect. The clergy letter helped with my reading because it gave more detail in why King was said and covered the topics that he did. What stood out in the original letter was the clergymen's commendment on the community for handling the demonstrations as "calmly" as they did. Which I know was false from research done and discussions in class.

Harry Belafonte was an actor, musician, producer, and activist. He was a Jamaican descendant, from a white father and Jamaican mother. Which is said to be the reason he felt the segregation was wrong. He was good friends with King, which gave him opportunity to be involved in supporting the rallies and protests against segregation. Because he had money from acting and singing, he was able to produce money to fund the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Council. He pushed the need for other outside countries to be involved in the fight for desegregation, specifically Africa. Eventually he helped come up with the idea to write "We are the World". Through his involvements, he helped create many charities for causes such as USA for Africa and Hands Across America, which gives food to those who need it. He helped spread awareness for rights for every individual and still continues to do so today.

1 comment:

  1. If Belafonte had not made a huge donation before the Children's march and civil marches in Birmingham, the organization had no money to bail people out of jail and continue at that time. He really was a huge factor!