Harry Belafonte is 89 years old. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, he participated in the Civil Rights movement; in 1963, he was at the March on Washington and he stood by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s side. The man has been an activist his whole life: he’s supported children around the world, been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and served as Grand Marshal at New York City’s Pride Parade. In 2016, Belafonte is still going strong and, at the helm of his social justice organization, Sankofa, released this powerful — terrible — PSA, calling for America to pay attention to what’s happening around us:
You cannot just go about, if it’s once or twice you can say it’s an accident and a coincidence. But when you have as large a population of murdered young men in the streets of America, and they’re all black, or African American descent, I think there’s somebody sending us a message. And we should respond to that message. [Harry Belafonte]
Danny Glover, Michael K. Williams, Michael B. Jordan, Mysonne, Van Jones, Sophia Dawson, Marc Lamont Hill, and Sydney G. James silently take part in the Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz-directed piece that will leave you with only a fraction of the heartbreak the families of those gunned down in our streets feel.
Black is not a weapon. Black Lives Matter. We are one.