Belafonte to speak at K-State

By The Mercury

Singing legend and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte will give a Black History Month keynote address next week at Kansas State.

Belafonte’s address, “From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: The Evolution of the Movement,” will take place at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10 at McCain Auditorium.

The event, hosted by the KSU Black Student Union, is free to the public. Tickets are available at the McCain Box Office.

The singer-songwriter supported the civil rights movement in the 1950s and was one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s confidants.

Among Belafonte’s best-selling tunes is “The Banana Boat Song,” which can be recognized by the lyric “Day-O.”

Belafonte received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1989. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994, and he won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

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