Interview with Harry Belafonte

Why Africa?


Because it was all Black. It was a place to which many people had alluded. Many people talked about it. Many people talked about the emerging Black leadership of Africa, hoping that America would fall in place with the, with the Jomo Kenyattas and the Tom Mboya and the Kwame Nkrumah and the Sekou Toures and the Julius Nyereres who were emerging. And I felt that, excuse me, I felt that in the African environment, removed from civil rights, removed from certain aspects of White pressure, as was understood, and political pressures were understood. But it would be a very different place. It would be a chance to get out of self and to interface with, ah, with a place that, ah, most of them had never been before.