Harry Belafonte possesses unparalleled experience in social justice, having spent decades on the frontlines of struggles all over the world, from the American Civil Rights movement to anti-apartheid efforts in Africa. Whether drawing on his friendship with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, or his role as celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues with the American Civil Liberties Union, Belafonte provides audiences a vital perspective on some of the most pressing issues of our time—from the Black Lives Matter movement and equal rights struggles to US foreign policy and humanitarianism in Africa.

Belafonte also takes audiences behind the scenes of his legendary career in both music and film, which has earned him three Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award.

The evening will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning A&E Critic Joyce Kulhawik

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The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures are funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.