Passing the Baton • Harry Belafonte and Jesse Williams

Harry Belafonte by Carl Van Vechten on February 18, 1954. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Harry Belafonte, The King of Calypso. He's one of the most important figures in music and humanitarianism.

Debbie Allen, Harry Belafonte, and the late Gregory Hines

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Meet the extraordinary reluctant King of Calypso, Harry Belafonte. He’s been named by some as such because of the way he made Calypso music popular. His first album titled “Calypso” was number four on Billboard's "Top 100 Album". Harry is also the first Black to win an Emmy, with his first solo TV special Tonight with Belafonte. "You are really responsible for the world in which you live". Harry Belafonte http://www.thextraordinary.org/harry-belafonte

Harry Belafonte - Timelessly handsome, fiercely visionary - an inspiration through and through

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Harry Belafonte I had the privilege to meet this wonderful human being

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Harry Belafonte

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Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. (b. 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. He was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes. Mr. Belafonte lives with dyslexia.

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Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, Washington, D.C., 1963. @Kathleen Heiser via Barbara Alexander

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