Source: Lilly Workneh / theGrio
The first time Harry Belafonte met John F. Kennedy he was unimpressed.
It was the early 1960s and Kennedy was in the race to become America’s 35th president as he competed to win the Democratic nomination.
Initially, Belafonte’s loyalties lay with Adlai Stevenson, who sought the Democratic presidential for a third time that year.
Throughout the campaign, Belafonte says Kennedy was insistent upon meeting him. Belafonte was one of Dr. Martin Luther King‘s closest confidants, and along with the recognition he received as a celebrated singer, he was also considered one of the era’s most distinguished civil rights activists.
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