Harry Belafonte isn’t just known in the entertainment world as the Grammy-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning artist behind joyous calypso melodies like "Banana Boat Song (Day-O).” He is equally respected for his dedication to social justice, particularly as an advocate of civil rights and humanitarian issues.
You’ll have an opportunity to hear about this work first hand when Ross co-sponsors Belafonte’s keynote lecture during the University of Michigan’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. in Hill Auditorium.
Belafonte's roots in the civil rights movement began in the 1950s as he worked alongside his friend Dr. King. As the movement progressed, Belafonte raised funds for King, assisted in voter registration drives, and served as an organizer of the March on Washington in 1963.
Belafonte has continued to champion King's message of racial equality and making a better world by serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, helping organize the charity single "We Are the World," and campaigning against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Just as Belafonte leverages his position as a beloved performer to inspire diversity and social change, Ross' boundaryless approach to education encourages students to collaborate, be intellectually curious, and make a positive difference in the world. Whether pursuing international experiences, taking on an action-based learning project, or participating in one of Ross' many student organizations, King's legacy lives and thrives in the Ross community.
Learn more about the free event, and tweet along before and during the talk with the tag #MLKDay.