Arts

Harry Belafonte: Race, Arts, and America

March 24, 2015  • Aspen Institute Arts Program

Harry Belafonte exposed America to world music and has spent his life challenging and overturning racial barriers. He played a key role in the civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on Washington, led in the development of the Grammy-winning song “We are the World,” and was active in efforts to end apartheid in South Africa and obtain the release Nelson Mandela. He recently founded the Sankofa Justice & Equity Fund, a non-profit social justice organization that utilizes the power of culture and celebrity in partnership with activism.

In the conversation with Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel, Belafonte discusses his lifetime of art and service, and explores the unique power of the arts to address the political issues that trouble us today.