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Presidential Lecture Series

Harry Belafonte

Recognition Year: 

Cultural advisor to the Peace Corps and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

"An Afternoon with Harry Belafonte"

January 10, 2007
Apollo Room, Student Union

Called "The Consummate Entertainer" for his achievements as a concert singer, recording artist, movie, Broadway, and television star and producer, Harry Belafonte's human rights activities are also respected around the world. His version ofThe Banana Boat Song on the album Calypso brought Jamaica's calypso beat to mainstream audiences and was the first album to sell one million copies. One of the first African American producers in television, Belafonte won an Emmy Award forTomight with Belafonte and has been a frequent guest on television variety shows. His film career includes roles in Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun, Buck and the Preacher, and Kansas City.

Well-known as an advocate for human rights, Belafonte was cultural advisor to the Peace Corps and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. His awards include the Albert Einstein Award from Yeshiva University, the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize, the Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts, and for his work with children, the Acorn Award from Bronx Community College.