This Day in History: 1927-03-01

Noted American singer, actor, producer, and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte (full name Harold George Belafonte, Jr.) is born in New York City. He is a key figure in the folk music scene of the 1950s, especially known for popularizing the Caribbean folk songs known as calypsos. He is equally renowned for his conscientious involvement in the civil rights movement and other social causes. Learn more.