(NEW YORK) — Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, made the following statement about the passing of Harry Belafonte: 

“Having had the privilege of collaborating with Harry Belafonte to advance human rights I mourn the death of a legend who defied time, genre and medium to activate individuals to further equality and our collective humanity.  Fusing creativity with essential causes, Harry Belafonte defined the mold for an artist as activist, a blueprint for generations to follow.  His sonorous, sage voice will  resonate for years to come.”

About PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. To learn more visit PEN.org 

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, [email protected], 201-247-5057