Late entertainment icon Harry Belafonte used platform to champion Civil Rights

U.S. entertainer Harry Belefonte reacts as he is honored with the Berlinale Camera for his lifetime achievement prior to the screening of the movie Sing Your Song at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

 In April of this year, the music world lost a legend. Not only an iconic singer and prolific songwriter, but an actor, activist, and champion for marginalized voices. Harry Belafonte is one of the very few people ever to win a Grammy, an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar.

While his talent and infectious charm endeared him to countless admirers, he was loved just as much for the values he espoused and the attention he brought to acts of injustice throughout the world. In this interview, “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes speaks with composer, minister, activist, and Emory professor of music, Reverend Dr. Dwight Andrews, about Belafonte’s life and legacy.

“You know, sometimes advocates show up for the big parade, and then they are gone. But Harry Belafonte has been involved in human rights and civil rights his entire career,” Andrews noted.

More information about the life and legacy of Harry Belafonte is available here.