Harry Belafonte, Music Icon and Civil Rights Activist Passes Away at 96

Renowned musician, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte died on Monday at 96. The news of his death has shocked and saddened many of his fans and colleagues.

Harry Belafonte, Music Icon and Civil Rights Activist Passes Away at 96
Harry Belafonte, Music Icon and Civil Rights Activist Passes Away at 96

Born in Harlem in 1927, Belafonte rose to fame in the 1950s with his signature calypso sound, earning him the nickname “King of Calypso.” He recorded numerous hit songs, including “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” and “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora),” which remain popular to this day.

Belafonte’s music career was just one part of his legacy. He was also passionate about civil rights and social justice, using his platform to raise awareness of racial inequality and poverty.

He was a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and played a key role in the civil rights movement, including organizing the 1963 March on Washington.

Many celebrities and politicians have expressed their condolences on social media, paying tribute to Belafonte’s impact on the entertainment industry and society.

Former President Barack Obama called him a “trailblazer” and “one of the great voices of our time,” while actress Viola Davis praised him as a “true legend.”

Belafonte’s influence can still be felt in today’s music, with many contemporary artists citing him as an inspiration. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and received numerous other honors throughout his career.

As the world mourns the loss of Harry Belafonte, his music and activism will continue to inspire future generations.