Harry Belafonte, Singer, Actor, Activist, Passes Away at 95
Posted On April 25, 2023
Harry Belafonte, the legendary singer, actor, and civil rights activist, passed away April 25, at the age of 95. His death was confirmed by his family, who issued a statement describing him as a “giant of American culture and an unwavering champion of justice and equality.”
Belafonte was born in Harlem, New York, in 1927, and rose to fame in the 1950s and 60s with hit songs such as “The Banana Boat Song” and “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)”. He was the first artist to sell over one million copies of an album, and his unique blend of calypso and folk music made him a global sensation.
In addition to his music career, Belafonte was a prominent civil rights activist, working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the movement. He was a vocal critic of racism and segregation in America, and his activism helped to inspire social change and progress in the United States.
Belafonte’s impact on American culture and society cannot be overstated. He was a pioneer in music, breaking down barriers and bringing Caribbean rhythms to a global audience. He was also a tireless advocate for justice and equality, using his platform to raise awareness about issues such as poverty, racism, and police brutality.
In his later years, Belafonte continued to be an influential figure, mentoring young artists and activists and advocating for causes close to his heart. His death is a profound loss to the music world and to American culture, but his legacy will continue to inspire future generations to use their voices and talents for good.