Harry Belafonte discusses his experiences with Michelle Alexander, an associate professor in Ohio State's Moritz College of Law and a faculty affiliate of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. She is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010).
A tenacious, hands-on activist, Belafonte worked intimately with Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, and participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. More recently, he has advocated tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for numerous causes including fighting hunger, gang violence, AIDS in Africa, and prostate cancer. Because of his beliefs, Belafonte also drew unwarranted attention from the FBI in both his personal and professional life, which led to years of struggle. But an indomitable sense of optimism motivates his path as he continues to ask, at 85, "What do we do now?"