Harry Belafonte, the celebrated singer, songwriter, and activist, endorsed Ed Markey in his campaign for reelection to the United States Senate. The announcement comes as mail-in voting begins in the primary election, and the Markey campaign is building on its strong momentum.
“The soul of America is crying out for justice, and that’s exactly what Senator Markey prioritizes each and every day; he is a leader in the push for racial justice, climate justice, economic justice, health care justice, educational justice, and the list goes on,” said Harry Belafonte. “In a moment that requires steadfast leadership and experience, we need voices like Ed’s in the Senate. I’m proud to endorse him because he knows our fight is far from finished.”
“Harry Belafonte is an outspoken leader who has worked throughout his career to bring justice to communities across the country. I am inspired by his career, thrilled by his music, and honored to have his endorsement,” said Senator Ed Markey.
Born in Harlem to Caribbean parents, Harry Belafonte brought Caribbean musical styles to the mainstream in the 1950s with countless hits. His decades-long career as a singer and songwriter has led him to be one of the most successful Jamaican-American musicians in history. The Tony Award winner was at the forefront of the early civil rights movement and continues to champion human rights causes across the country and around the world.
Ed Markey has served in the United States Senate since winning the special election in 2013 and has amassed a deep record on environmental, racial justice, gun safety, and consumer protection issues. He founded the Congressional Alzheimer’s Task Force and authored the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which mandates that the federal government put in place a plan to address Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Raised in Malden, Ed Markey has always stood up for the priorities of Massachusetts.