Harry Belafonte

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Harry Belafonte is a Grammy Award-winning artist who made a hit out of “Calypso” in the 1950s. Touted as the “King of Calypso,” Harry’s “Banana Boat” rendition still lives on today. His long-playing album, “Calypso,” became the first L.P. in the U.S. to sell over 1 million copies within one year. He was one of the first African-American performers in the history of American pop culture; well aware of his influence, he used it to fight against apartheid, poverty and inequality, and his circle of friends included Martin Luther King, Jr., Sidney Poitier and the Kennedys.

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