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Diversity Council and Reading Center Remember Mandela, Belafonte for Advocacy

Updated: 12/05/2013 11:01 PM
Created: 12/05/2013 10:55 PM KSTP.com

  (ABC 6 News) -- The Diversity Council in Rochester and the Reading Center played a movie and held a discussion Thursday at John Marshall High School about the life of Harry Belafonte -- an advocate for civil rights.

Belafonte, the music legend, is also known for his many years supporting humanitarian causes such as the anti-apartheid movement -- something South Africa President Nelson Mandela was actively involved in.

Both crossed paths many times working toward the same goal.

"I believe Harry Belafonte and Nelson Mandela's message is everyone deserves to be the very best they can be and that we need to work together to help people reach their potential," Jan Hagedorn with the Reading Center said.

Those at the event say although the loss of Mandela is tragic, we need to honor his legacy and keep the work going for human rights.