Rita Moreno Remembers Harry Belafonte and the Washington March

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Harry Belafontebeware passed away today at the age of 96. Not only was he a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning singer and actor, he also featured many top Hollywood actors, Dr. He was a vitally important activist who brought Martin Luther King Jr. to his legendary march on Washington in 1963. friend, EGOT award-winning actress, singer and dancer Rita Morenoremembers that day and more.

Harry Belafonte was born in August 1963 to Dr. He was the reason why a planeload of movie stars showed up for Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington. The trip took place by his order. Harry, Dr. He wanted King to understand that there are people in Hollywood who truly care, who are emotionally involved in politics and who care about the well-being of people of all colors.

We chartered a plane to take us from Los Angeles to Washington. I have a great photo of me, Marlon Brando, Harry and James Garner posing on the stairs of the plane.

Jimmy [Garner] I was really nervous to be a part of this. He was drinking Pepto-Bismol. He had an ulcer that was actually acting up. He was really scared. After going to this show, he thought that he would probably never work again. I thought the same about myself – I just didn’t have an ulcer. But we both felt it would be irresponsible not to come, as did everyone else on that plane. We knew we had to be there to testify.

I will never forget the time I looked out over the sea of ​​humanity when we arrived at the Lincoln Memorial – the importance of the civil rights movement really sank to me. While he was speaking, Dr. I didn’t sit 10 or 15 feet away from King. And I remember thinking back then that it was Harry who made it happen for us Hollywood people.

Harry and I were good friends. He was jovial, funny, and incredibly sexy. She had a gorgeous face and I always made fun of her. I used to say, “Nobody this handsome, this cute, should be this serious.” she loved it.

Harry and I didn’t spend much time talking about what it was like to be Black or brown in Hollywood back then. Our struggles were such a given. It would be like living in a tropical place and always complaining that it’s hot.

Harry has always been highly respected by the film community. Respect and admiration. He was loved not only for being a great actor – and boy, if he could show it on stage – but also for the work he did. Again, Harry was the man who arranged our visit to Washington. I knew he had been close with King for years, and he became very politically active without thinking about what it could do to his career.

I still have all of their old albums. And I play them because I still have an old phonograph. I truly mourn dear Harry Belafonte. I liked it. — As told to Cynthia Littleton.

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