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Belafonte, Harry, 1927-

LC control no.n 84028909
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LC classificationML420.B32 Biography
Personal name headingBelafonte, Harry, 1927-
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Variant(s)Belafonte, Harold George, 1927-
Bell, Raymond, 1927-
Biography/History noteIndividual was a Spingarn Medal awardee and a Tony awardee.
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1927-03-01
Place of birthNew York (N.Y.)
Field of activityMusic Theater Motion picture film
AffiliationUnited States. Navy New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997) Radio Corporation of America Peace Corps (U.S.)
Profession or occupationEntertainers Singers Actors Civil rights workers
Found inHis Loving you is where I belong [SR] p1981: label (Harry Belafonte)
LC data base, 6/8/84 (hdg.: Belafonte, Harry, 1927-)
LC manual cat. (hdg.: Belafonte, Harry, 1927- ; full name: Harold George Belafonte; pseud.: Raymond Bell)
New Grove, 2nd ed. (Belafonte, Harry (Harold George); b. Mar. 1, 1927, New York; American popular singer, songwriter, actor and social activist)
African American National Biography, accessed April 25, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Belafonte, Harry; Harold George Belafonte Jr.; popular singer, civil rights activist, humanitarian; born 01 March 1927 in Harlem, New York, New York, United States; attended school in Harlem; enlisted in the U.S. Navy; enrolled in a workshop at the New School for Social Research; worked as janitor's assistant to help pay the bills; volunteered backstage at the ANT; began to turn his attention toward music; success came quickly, with sell-out crowds at big-name clubs and a recording contract from RCA; after Brown v. Board of Education declared segregation unconstitutional, he cancelled his engagements in the South (1954); Harry Belafonte-Calypso proved an instant classic, and two songs in particular, “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” and "Jamaica Farewell," topped the charts; took roles in films and plays, including John Murray Anderson's Broadway revue Almanac, which earned him a Tony Award; lent his name and energy to the cause of Martin Luther King; joined the board of directors of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference; was a cultural adviser to the Peace Corps (1961); the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa consumed him in the 1980s; was the driving force behind “We Are the World”; his most ambitious musical project the Anthology of Negro Folk Music and The Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music were nominated for a Grammy Award for best historical album; was awarded the NAACP's Spingarn Medal for outstanding achievement by an African American)
Associated languageeng