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Harry Belafonte Taps Influencers For Powerful Police Brutality PSA

It features a list of notable figures, including Michael B. Jordan, Van Jones and more.

Harry Belafonte is continuing his pursuit for civil rights in America by addressing police brutality in a new short film titled, “Against The Wall.”

In association with Belafonte’s social justice organization /www.sankofa.org/"}}">Sankofa.org, the PSA features a list of notable figures ― including actor Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, Van Jones and Marc Lamont Hill to name a few ― with their hands up against concrete as actual news audio from police related killings plays in the background.

Belafonte is heard in the beginning of the video expressing his feelings on the recent uptick in nationwide police violence against people of color.

“You cannot just go about if it’s once or twice, you can say it’s an accident and a coincidence,” he said. “But when you have a large population of murdered young men in the streets of America, and they’re all black or of African American descent, think there’s somebody sending us a message and we should respond to that message. “

The PSA, comes on the heels of the legendary entertainer’s social justice festival, “Many Rivers To Cross Festival.” The two-day event, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 1-2, served as a platform for artists, community organizers and activists to collaborate on the advancement of voting rights, mass incarceration and police relations.

Check out the powerful public service announcement in the clip above.

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