Near the end of the documentary Sing Your Song
, Harry Belafonte is riding in a car with Bo Taylor, a former Los Angeles gangbanger turned antigang activist, and Taylor says to his passenger, “I remember what you said once, when you said, ‘From the time I go to sleep to the time I wake up, I seek out the injustices done to humankind.’”
Belafonte nods and says, with gentle and unforced conviction, “I just get up in the morning and I can’t let them win. That’s it.”
This is hardly the most powerful or memorable moment in Sing Your Song, but it summarizes Belafonte’s public life with superb concision -- while he gained his fame as an entert...