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Author Event: Harry Belafonte’s “My Song; A Memoir”
December 18, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us when Busboys & Poets opens the full restaurant for a lively discussion with American singer, songwriter, actor and social justice activist, Harry Belafonte to celebrate the publication of My Song; A Memoir!
Harry Belafonte is a multiple icon for: progressive activists, from civil rights to labor and anti-war and beyond; for cultural workers, whose politics shapes their art and whose art shapes their politics, especially in the movement against racism in Hollywood; for social movements who speak truth to power and don’t let up their fight.
In the 1950s he was dubbed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing “The Banana Boat Song“, with its signature lyric “Day-O.” Throughout his career he has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes and was a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush Administration. In a conversation with IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis, Harry Belafonte will discuss his new book My Song; A Memoir.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Mr. Belafonte will sign books following the main event. The event is FREE and open to all! (Come early – admission is first-come first-served, and we anticipate a big crowd!).