Each and every one of you has the power, the will and the capacity to make a difference in the world in which you live in— Harry Belafonte
The most courageous Harry Belafonte quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Artists are the gatekeepers of truth.
We are civilization’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience.
In the gun game, we are the most hunted.
The river of blood that washes the streets of our nation flows mostly from the bodies of our black children.
You can cage the singer but not the song.
I am who I am despite what America has put before me.
I am who I am despite the obstacles that we have all faced based upon race and based upon social and spiritual humiliation.
We [Americans] move about the world arrogantly, calling wars when we want, overthrowing governments when we want. There is a price to be paid for it -- look at 9/11. [That] wasn't just bin Laden. Bin Laden didn't come from the abstract. He came from somewhere, and if you look where ... you'll see America's hand of villainy.
Many who have nothing opposed to the few who have everything, and as long as these disparities remain, as long as these distances remain between people and forces, I think we'll be in a perpetual state of upheaval.
Art in its highest form is art that serves and instructs society and human development.
Bring it on. Dissent is central to any democracy.
We've come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended.
These children and their parents know that getting an education is not only their right, but a passport to a better future - for the children and for the country.
Where is the raised voice of black America? Why are we mute?
Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet.
I'm always in Africa... And when I go to these places I see American policy written on the walls of oppression everywhere.
I would hope with all my heart, that Jay Z not take personally what was said.
.. I would like to take this opportunity to say to Jay Z and Beyonce: I’m wide open, my heart is filled with nothing but hope and the promise that we can sit and have a one-on-one to understand each other.
Since I have escaped the harshness of the economic bounds of poverty, I have stayed very connected to it spiritually. I reside and live and go and socialize and exist among those who suffer daily from the relationship that they have to poverty, Black men and women who are incarcerated. Actually, all people who are incarcerated, not just Black.
I think being born in America and growing up exclusively within the American boundaries of race and race oppression is a very different experience for those of us who grew up under the boundaries of race and race experience in the Caribbean or for those who grew up in Africa.
Fascism is fascism. Terrorism is terrorism. Oppression is oppression.
I don't find inspiration on Wall Street.
I don't find that in Beverly Hills. I don't find that in places where opportunity resides unbridled, and I think the real creative energy and the real juice is in where people are caught, in the economic abyss.
Through electing officials that will protect the Constitution and commit themselves to the rights of the people and the health of the nation, we will be able to ensure that no group of ideologues and no private sector institution can coopt our rights, take us into senseless wars and steal the nation from its people.
Terrorism is in many, many ways the final utterance of voices unheard.
As a matter of fact, compromise is what oppression feeds on.
We Have Got To Bring Corporate America To Its Knees
When I go across the country, whether it's Albuquerque, New Mexico, whether it's Birmingham, Alabama or Milwaukee, Wisconsin, there are always forces at play that I choose to relate to and extract inspiration from, and as long as they stay committed to the struggle against poverty, I find a role for myself.
If you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, if you believe in people's rights, if you believe in the harmony of all humankind - then you have no choice but to back Fidel Castro as long as it takes!
Bin Laden didn't come from the abstract.
He came from somewhere, and if you look where ... you'll see America's hand of villainy.
I grew up in a school system . . . where nobody understood the meaning of learning disorder. In the West Indies, I was constantly being physically abused because the whipping of students was permitted.
Children who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS are not only just as deserving of an education as any other children, but they may need that education even more. Being part of a school environment will prepare them for the future, while helping to remove the stigma and discrimination unfortunately associated with AIDS.
Although we had a lot of villainy here in America, Adolf Hitler was certainly the most visible illustration of what would happen if fascism went unchallenged.
Anti-democracy...is a virus that exists, and pro-democracy is the antibody to that virus, and I think we have to become vigilant, and we have to stay on top of the issues of democracy and freedom.
Turning against the church I also had to turn against a lot of the teachings of people in my family who were very much of the church and caught in it, and every time I turned to find where resides the good in the church, all I saw was the demonic, the Lucifer of the journey.
I became an anti-fascist, and the more I saw what was happening to the peoples of Europe, the Jews, the more I saw the deep cruelty and inhumanity of that system and its philosophy of white supremacy.
This generosity that has been offered to the United States says very much about the Venezuelan spirit.
When I was 40 and looking at 60, it seemed like a thousand miles away.
But 62 feels like a week and a half away from 80. I must now get on with those things I always talked about doing but put off.
I've always been supportive of the right of Israel as a state, and I've always fought against anti-Semitism, even in my own community.
When I went to Japan I sang in Japanese;
when I went to Greece I sang in Greek. When I went to Spain, I sang in Spanish. I couldn't speak it very well, but I sang, I was beautiful in singing it. These things just constantly attracted people to the uniqueness of who I was and the way in which I performed.
Without compromise repression would be defeated.
Just as some cancers feed on hormones, compromise becomes the hormone of oppression.
The human spirit is resilient and truth - no matter how long you abuse it and how long you try to crush it - will, as Dr. King would say, rise up again, and in the final analysis will prevail.
Each time we arrive at a new level in extricating ourselves from economic, social, spiritual domination, we have a moment when we dance in the world of these new experiences, only to find that the music soon stops, the dance ends, and we're struggling once again to save ourselves from being thrown back into those conditions.
I not only think that they (U.S. leaders) are misguided, but I think they know exactly what they are doing and I think that they are men who are possessed of evil.
I delighted in the music of Africa, the earliest of the slave plantation songs, the transformation into Christianity and all that Christianity brought to the lives of the Africans who were forced to come to America.
I don't think that (U.S. President) George Bush...is a man of honor.
I think that they [Bush Administration] are men who are possessed of evil.
I think now, with our technology, our capacity to grow food, our ability to stop raping the Earth and destroying the ecology and killing off fellow creatures, we have a chance to bring a new harmony and a new path to human development.
You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel.
Wherever I found resistance to oppression, whether in Africa, in Latin America, certainly here in America in the South, I joined that resistance. I took part in the labor movement, in social movements, in the church community. I felt that it was the honorable thing to do and still do.
I am a man who perceives life in a certain way, a man who rejects things that defecate on humankind, who rejects anything that will not give people room for dissent.
I think America offers a dream that cannot be fulfilled as easily anywhere else in the world as it could be fulfilled here. Although oppression was common to all of us, those styles of oppression gave us the opportunity to see the world in dimensions we didn't quite see growing up in any one place.
From the point of view of the poor, the hungry, the disenfranchised, the wretched of the Earth... there will never be peace until their condition has been alleviated and until their humanity is in full bloom.
We have the opportunity now to look at the two billion people in the world who suffer from the most abject poverty, hunger, disease, and devastation. Add to that another two billion people who are just plain poor. If you look into the world of those caught in economic oppression, illiteracy, disease, and sexism, then you'll understand more clearly what we have to do.
The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and just put all these guys in jail.