Activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte gives the keynote address for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich., for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Melanie Maxwell)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Singer and activist Harry Belafonte has marked Martin Luther King Day with a sober assessment of the state the nation and its evolution since King’s slaying 45 years ago.
Belafonte’s address Monday morning at the University of Michigan was one of many events around Michigan honoring the slain civil rights pioneer.
Belafonte says he’s “not too sure where America is at this moment” and says the nation seems to have lost its “moral compass.”
He says the KKK no longer is “riding around lynching people” but the nation uses prisons to “continually crucify the poor.”
In Lansing, Gov. Rick Snyder participated in a luncheon honoring King. Snyder says King’s “message of equality, tolerance and peace brought millions together to help reinvent the culture of our country for the better.”