Harry Belafonte, Civil and Human Rights Icon

April 25, 2023

CREDIT: Chicago Sun Times

Legendary Icon, Harry Belafonte


A Statement from Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

The NHMC stands with civil rights groups around the world today in mourning the passing of a true social justice icon, Harry Belafonte.

One of the most influential and barrier breaking Black entertainers in history, Belafonte’s legacy as an entertainer, activist and liaison between the civil rights movement and the entertainment industry was groundbreaking. He dedicated his life to inspiring and empowering others, raising awareness for social inequality, poverty and political oppression, while increasing visibility for Black and Brown communities around the world.

The NHMC is – first and foremost – a civil rights organization, and we remain committed to following in Belafonte’s footsteps by uplifting the voices of Latinos, those within the Caribbean diaspora and all communities of color around the world, demanding freedom, justice, and the opportunity to create and tell our own stories through our art – just as he did for decades on the world’s biggest stages.

We are keeping Mr. Belafonte’s family in our thoughts as we celebrate the life of a legend.


Yours in the Movement,

Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition