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us: Belafonte, Harry, 1927-

  • [Individual was a Spingarn Medal awardee and a Tony awardee.]
  • URI(s)

  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Fuller Name

    • Harold George
  • Variants

    • us: Belafonte, Harold George, 1927-
    • us: Bell, Raymond, 1927-
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1927-03-01
    • Birth Place

        (naf) New York (N.Y.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) United States. Navy
        • Organization: (naf) New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997)
        • Organization: (naf) Radio Corporation of America
        • Organization: (naf) Peace Corps (U.S.)
    • Gender

    • Associated Language

    • Field of Activity

        (lcsh) Music
          (lcsh) Theater
            (lcsh) Motion picture film
          • Occupation

              (lcsh) Entertainers
                (lcsh) Singers
                  (lcsh) Actors
                    (lcsh) Civil rights workers
                • Sources

                  • found: His Loving you is where I belong [SR] p1981: label (Harry Belafonte)
                  • found: LC data base, 6/8/84 (hdg.: Belafonte, Harry, 1927-)
                  • found: LC manual cat. (hdg.: Belafonte, Harry, 1927- ; full name: Harold George Belafonte; pseud.: Raymond Bell)
                  • found: New Grove, 2nd ed. (Belafonte, Harry (Harold George); b. Mar. 1, 1927, New York; American popular singer, songwriter, actor and social activist)
                  • found: 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)
                • LC Classification

                  • ML420.B32
                • General Notes

                  • [Individual was a Spingarn Medal awardee and a Tony awardee.]
                • Change Notes

                  • 1984-08-22: new
                  • 2016-05-28: revised
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