There was a little more resonance than usual when the Woman’s National Democratic Club presented its Eleanor Award for social justice Tuesday night. This year’s honoree, Harry Belafonte, actually knew the Eleanor in question.
Now 86, Belafonte became friends with the former first lady in her later years while he was carving a path as one of the first (and most successful) celebvocates, marching for civil rights and raising funds for poor children. “Eleanor always had her hand on the pulse,” he said. “Her strength, her courage, her counsel, forever guided me. . . She forever set a course that defined for me what a moral compass is.”