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Harry Belafonte          

Emmy Award-Winning Artist & Civil Rights Activist

Harry Belafonte is a legendary and multitalented artist and activist. He was the first black performer to win an Emmy Award and the first recording artist to sell over a million copies of a single album with Calypso featuring his hit “Day-O.”

Harry Belafonte is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s.

Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s confidants. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for political and humanitarian causes, such as the Anti-Apartheid Movement and USA for Africa. Since 1987, he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In more recent years, he has been a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush presidential administrations. Harry Belafonte now acts as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues. In 2001, he went to South Africa to support the campaign against HIV/AIDS and then was awarded the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award.

Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989, he received the Kennedy Center Honors. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994. In 2014, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy's 6th Annual Governors Awards. In March 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At UNICEF Snowflake Ball - Look to ...

UNICEF is set to host the Snowflake Ball, one of New York City's most notable black-tie galas, to celebrate the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflakes and to honor ...

Harry Belafonte Speaks On Challenges Faced By People Of African Descent

Debunking the myth of racial hierarchy, United Nations experts on racial discrimination has said that it is imperative to deconstruct, on a global scale, the ideological myth of a superior race and the resulting conviction of a superior culture.

Harry Belafonte Accepts Award After Suffering Seizure

Entertainment legend and civil rights hero Harry Belafonte was due to be honored in person Thursday night at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's ...

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