Belafonte still burns with civil rights activism

Singer taking message against the president and the war into churches -- he speaks here Sunday

April 06, 2006|By JOE BURRIS | JOE BURRIS,SUN REPORTER

Harry Belafonte's speaking voice has always had a touch of hoarseness, but now, at 79, he sounds like an old New York cabbie who just completed a 10-K run -- uphill. His rasp is more amplified, and with every sentence, it appears he's about to run out of breath.

Yet the legendary entertainer and civil rights activist, who is speaking Sunday at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, scarcely has trouble being understood, particularly in recent years, when he has loudly opposed the war in Iraq and the Bush administration.

Harry Belafonte The singer/actor will speak at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Ave., at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20. Call 410-523-1542.

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