Harry Belafonte: A Life of Music, Activism, and Accomplishment

The Early Years

* Born on March 1, 1927, in Harlem, New York * Raised in Jamaica before returning to the U.S. * Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II

Belafonte's Rise to Fame

* Studied acting at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School * Launched singing career with debut album "Calypso" in 1956   * Known as the "King of Calypso"

Acting Career

*Debuted on Broadway in 1953 * Starred in films such as "Carmen Jones" (1954) and "Island in the Sun" (1957) * First African American to win an Emmy Award

Civil Rights Activism

* Close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. * Supported the Civil Rights Movement financially and through advocacy * Participated in the 1963 March on Washington

Humanitarian Efforts

* UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1987 * Co-founded USA for Africa and Hands Across America * Involved in anti-apartheid movement in South Africa

Honors and Awards

* Kennedy Center Honors in 1989 * National Medal of Arts in 1994 * Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000

Harry Belafonte's Legacy

* A trailblazer in music, film, and social activism * Inspired generations to fight for justice and equality

Exploring Belafonte's Musical Style

* Fusion of calypso, folk, pop, and jazz * Signature songs like "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" and "Jump in the Line" * Influence on Caribbean and world music

Television and Documentary Work

* Hosted "Tonight with Belafonte" (1959) * Produced and starred in numerous TV specials * Featured in documentaries like "Sing Your Song" (2011)

Mentorship and Support of Young Artists

* Helped launch the careers of several artists, including Sidney Poitier and Miriam Makeba * Actively supported emerging talent in film, music, and activism

Belafonte's Family Life

* Married three times: Marguerite Byrd, Julie Robinson, and Pamela Frank * Father of four children: Adrienne, Shari, David, and Gina

Harry Belafonte's Continued Impact

* Active in social and political causes well into his 90s * A symbol of resilience, talent, and commitment to justice

Celebrating Harry Belafonte

* A remarkable life spanning music, film, activism, and humanitarian work * A lasting influence on global culture and the fight for social justice

In Loving Memory: Harry Belafonte (1927-2023)

* Barrier-breaking singer, actor, and activist * Passed away at the age of 96 * Leaves behind an inspiring legacy of courage, talent, and commitment to social justice