Awarded: April 2000
(b. March 1, 1927)
The acknowledged “King of Calypso,” Harry Belafonte is one of the most successful African-American pop stars in history. His talent and masterful assimilation of folk, jazz and worldbeat rhythms allowed him to achieve a level of mainstream prominence and crossover popularity virtually unparalleled in the days before the advent of the civil rights movement–a cultural uprising which he helped spearhead.