Harry Belafonte - Cultural advisor to the Peace Corps and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

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Harry Belafonte - Cultural advisor to the Peace Corps and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

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1-10-2007

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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 of The 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 for Tonight 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.

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This event took place at the Student Union Apollo Room.

Harry Belafonte - Cultural advisor to the Peace Corps and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador


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