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Harry Belafonte talks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Donald Trump, overcoming dyslexia and more

At 90, Harry Belafonte, a World War II veteran, a cancer survivor, an award-winning singer, actor and outspoken social justice advocate, is still keeping the words, actions and memories of his friend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in mind.

"I think the nation is on the right track, but not our leaders," he said in a recent interview. "Unfortunately, Americans are experiencing Donald Trump as the head of state. He is not a bright man. I don't think he has the best interest of the American people in mind. So, therefore, I can say we have a lot of work to do. There is a lot of attention to be paid to a lot of issues that Dr. King was very interested in — race relations, issues of war and peace and all of the things that made up the King personality."

On Jan. 16, the powerful world citizen will be the featured speaker for the student-run University Lecture Series at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The lecture is free and open to the public, first-come, first-served. USF Tampa students get priority seating. Doors open 30 minutes before the 8 p.m. lecture.

For more of Piper Castillo's interview with Harry Belafonte, click here.

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