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Actor and activist Harry Belafonte recently sat down withRoland Martin for an exclusive interview to discuss his upcoming social justice music festival Many Rivers To Cross, his views about Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest, and the fight for social justice.

During the course of their chat, Mr. Belafonte explained what it means to be a Black patriot in America. Belafonte, now 89 years old, has stood up for the rights of the oppressed in the United States and inspired generations of activists to change the paradigm.

Belafonte told Martin he would like to be remembered as a “good patriot” and said, “I am motivated to say I am an American.”

Despite identifying himself as an American, Mr. B. said he “finds it difficult to be an American” in the same fashion as Jackie Robinson did when singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Belafonte said, “The images that come to mind is not Lincoln and Roosevelt and Washington.

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