Harry Belafonte is a legendary artist and activist. A New Yorker with Jamaican heritage, Mr. Belafonte's album Calypso was the first LP to sell over 1 million records. He was also the first black producer in television, earning an Emmy Award for his work.
In addition to his work in the arts, Mr. Belafonte has sustained a lifelong commitment to human rights around the world. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with whom Belafonte shared a deep and abiding friendship, once declared, “Belafonte's global popularity and his commitment to our cause is a key ingredient to the global struggle for freedom and a powerful tactical weapon in the Civil Rights movement here in America.” Mr. Belafonte staunchly protested the oppressive apartheid government of South Africa, working tirelessly for the release of his friend Nelson Mandela.
Belafonte has received many honors for his work, including an appointment as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987, and a 1994 National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. His much anticipated memoir My Song was released in October of 2011, along with an HBO debut of the critically acclaimed bio-documentary Sing Your Song later that same month.