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HONORARY CO-CHAIR—In this Dec. 6, 2014 file photo, Harry Belafonte arrives at the charity gala Ein Herz fuer Kinder (A heart for children) in Berlin. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos, File)

HONORARY CO-CHAIR—In this Dec. 6, 2014 file photo, Harry Belafonte arrives at the charity gala Ein Herz fuer Kinder (A heart for children) in Berlin. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte, who advised organizers of Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington, says peaceful protest is the best way to show political leaders that the electorate is paying attention.

“Let us get off to an early start demonstrating that the country is alert, that it is aware of the manipulations that are taking place by the new administration,’’ Belafonte told The Associated Press in an interview Friday. “Mr. Trump will have to understand that there are people who are prepared to make the environment aware of the fact that people will not be governed with tyranny.’’

Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. Belafonte and fellow activist Gloria Steinem served as honorary co-chairs of Saturday’s march.

“I’m going to be 90 years old in a couple of weeks, and I think that to be of mind and capacity to be able to still contribute to helping to make our union a better place, to help our country become a better place is a joyous task…I’m just the plumber, I come in to fix the pipes.’’

Harry Belefonte

Belafonte said he counseled organizers on content, strategy and logistics based on his experiences with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the five-day march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965.

Harry Belafonte talks Trump, women’s march, peaceful protest was originally published on newpittsburghcourieronline.com

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