Harry Belafonte, Actor, Activist, and Singer Dies At 96. It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Harry Belafonte, the legendary singer, actor, and civil rights activist. Belafonte was more than just an entertainer; he was a voice for justice and equality and a beacon of hope for millions of people around the world. His death marks the end of an era, but his legacy will live on.
Born in Harlem in 1927, Belafonte grew up in poverty and faced discrimination and racism throughout his life. However, he refused to let those obstacles define him. He pursued his passion for music and became one of the most successful and influential artists of his generation. With his unique blend of calypso, jazz, and folk music, Belafonte inspired generations of musicians and fans alike.
But Belafonte was more than just a talented performer. He was a tireless advocate for social justice and civil rights. He used his platform to speak out against racism, poverty, and inequality, and he worked alongside some of the most prominent activists of his time, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
Belafonte’s activism was not limited to the United States. He was a vocal opponent of apartheid in South Africa and a supporter of the anti-colonial movements in Africa and the Caribbean. He used his music and his celebrity status to raise awareness about these issues and to mobilize support for the struggles of oppressed people around the world.
Belafonte’s contributions to music and social justice were recognized with numerous awards and honors, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Medal of Arts. But his true legacy is the impact he had on countless individuals and communities. He inspired generations of musicians and activists, and his music and message continue to resonate today. He touched so many lives with kind words and sincerity including Comedian/DJ/ Red Carpet Host Cosandra Calloway “I was honored that my work as an Artist was picked for the 2009 Harry Belafonte 2nd Call Man Of The Year Awards Dinner honoring Mr. Belafonte. For the first time in my life, I was speechless when he shook my hand and thanked me for the portrait. The man who gave so much of his time giving back, and paving the way for many. His activism inspired me to use my talents to help others by working with the homeless around the world. ” We’ve become a shadow of need rather than a vision of power” (quote from Mr. Belefonte). He will not be forgotten and may his legacy live on.
As we mourn the loss of Harry Belafonte, we must also celebrate his life and legacy. We must honor his commitment to justice and equality by continuing the struggle for a more just and equitable society. We must remember his message of hope and solidarity and use it to inspire future generations to work for a better world.
Rest in power, Harry Belafonte. Your music and your message will live on forever.