Sing Your Song: An Evening with Harry Belafonte In Conversation with Michelle Alexander
Sing Your Song: An Evening with Harry Belafonte In Conversation with Michelle Alexander |
“A man whose story should be told for generations to come.”—Robert Redford
This special evening begins with the local premiere screening of Sing Your Song, an intimate and inspiring documentary about singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte’s extraordinary life and commitment to humanitarian causes. From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative work and crossover success in Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement.
A tenacious, hands‐on activist, he worked intimately with Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, and participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. More recently, he has advocated tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for numerous causes including fighting hunger, gang violence, AIDS in Africa, and prostate cancer. Because of his beliefs, Belafonte also drew unwarranted attention from the FBI in both his personal and professional life, which led to years of struggle. But an indomitable sense of optimism motivates his path as he continues to ask, at 85, "What do we do now?" His example may very well inspire you to action. (114 mins., video)
After the movie Belafonte discusses his experiences with Michelle Alexander, an associate professor in Ohio State's Moritz College of Law and a faculty affiliate of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. She is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010), which has been featured on MSNBC, NPR, The Bill Moyers Journal, The Tavis Smiley Show, C-SPAN, and The Colbert Report.
|Date and time:||October 26, 2012|
|Event category:||Wexner Center|