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LIVE from the NYPL: HARRY BELAFONTE in conversation with Paul Holdengraber


October 12, 2011

In his new memoir, My Song, Harry Belafonte traces his journey from Jamaica and Harlem to the world stage. After finding success as a singer and actor, Belafonte became a powerful force in the American Civil Rights movement. In his memoir, the chart-topping singer discusses his friendship with figures including Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, and Marlon Brando. In conversation with Paul Holdengraber on October 12th, Belafonte will reflect on his long and illustrious career.

HARRY BELAFONTE's l956 album Calypso made him the first artist in history to sell more than one million LPs. He has won both a Tony award and an Emmy, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He currently resides in New York City with his wife, Pamela.

PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER is the director of LIVE from the NYPL.

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LIVE from the NYPL is made possible with generous support from Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.