Singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte is backing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Briahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary.
“Now, here we are in 2016, and we’re sitting down with Bernie Sanders,” he said in an online video.
“I think he represents opportunity,” Belafonte continued. "I think he represents a moral imperative. I think he represents a certain kind of truth that’s not often evidenced in the course of politics.”
Belafonte then argued Sanders is capable of delivering the “political revolution” the Vermont lawmaker often promises.
“[He will] be able to turn this ship of state called America around and place it on a new course,” the “Calypso” performer said.
“He offers us a chance to declare unequivocally that there is an America, that there is a group of citizens who have a deep caring for where our nation goes and what it does in the process of going,” Belafonte added. "[He is] giving an opportunity for young people — for all people — to have a choice.”
“I would suggest to those of you who have not yet made your minds, or maybe even some of you who have made up your minds, to consider and reconsider what it is that Bernie Sanders offers.”
Belafonte’s support gives Sanders the blessing of another prominent voice from the social justice movement.
The Caribbean American, who had a close friendship with Martin Luther King Jr., has been vocal in the civil rights movement since the 1950s.
Sanders is shoring up his support with the African-American community as he battles for the Democratic nomination against front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE. His recent endorsements include writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, philosopher Cornel West and former NAACP President Ben Jealous.
Clinton owns a nearly 30-point edge in the South Carolina, which has more racially diverse electorate than other early-voting contests like Iowa and New Hampshire, ahead of the state's Democratic primary on Feb. 27.