There are many individuals living in the United States of America whose amazing uplifting stories have not been broadcasted on national television. So, I asked myself this past weekend why was George Zimmerman, the controversial acquitted shooter who killed Trayvon Martin and set-off a heated national discussion on the state of Florida‘s ‘Stand Your Ground‘ Law, being given a platform on a major TV station to once again recite how much of a victim he was during his altercation with the teenager. Mr. Zimmerman has not shown any remorse for shooting the young man, who many believed was wrongfully killed. Someone must inform Mr. Zimmerman to stay out of the media. His arrogant behavior on television conjure up bad feelings amongst many citizens across the United States of America.
Mr. Zimmerman should dissolve into society and live his life away from the media. He should assist in bringing closure – for Trayvon Martin’s family and many members of the public – to the killing by being quiet. Especially, since many members of the public believed he got away with murder.
I am proud to be living in a time where I experienced the wisdom, courage and sophistication of one of my heroes, Mr. Harry Belafonte. I recently had the opportunity – at Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Centennial Gala in Washington D.C. – to interact with Mr. Belafonte. As the organization’s Public Relations Consultant, I was involved with coordinating two interviews – The Washington Post and The Root – for Mr. Belafonte. As you might imagine, I was elated to introduce myself to him and informed him the reporters were present and ready to speak with him. Having worked with several famous celebrities, Michael Jackson Quincy Jones Chaka Khan and Ray Charles come to mind, I was not nervous, but I was proud to shake his hands and instructed him on the order of his interviews. I was reminded the moment I shook his hands that “little things mean a lot.” On this historic night in the nation’s capital as we (Sigmas) celebrated Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. glorious night, I felt blessed to be a part of this special moment.
Mr. Belafonte’s keynote speech was profound, inspirational and instructive. He challenged the audience – over 700 individuals – to work, speak out and get involved with stopping “violence against women.” It is an issue he promised to get Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. members involved in soon. We look forward to the challenge, because women are the “salt of this earth.” And, we, men, should protect them especially from human beings who seek to harm them.
The next morning after the Centennial Gala, I was watching NBC’sMeet The Press and listened as Maria Shriver, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s ex-wife, detailed to the panel of reporters on the show her well-publicized research on the issues facing women. I smiled knowing that Mr. Belafonte the night before had encouraged a room full of men and women to agitate against the mistreatment of women. He, Mr. Belafonte always seemed to be one step ahead of the rest of us on issues of freedom and justice.
At 87 years old, Mr. Belafonte is the example of a life well-lived. I am elated Mr. Harry Belafonte became a member and brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at our Centennial Celebration. Ron C & Mr. Harry Belafonte