Fla. (Nov. 15, 2017) – The student-run University
Lecture Series at the University of South Florida will host singer, actor and
activist Harry Belafonte as a guest lecturer at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in
the Marshall Student Center Ballroom.
The lecture will take place during USF’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Week in January. MLK Week brings the
university community together through events and programs that honor King’s
dream and vision.
best known for his hit song “Day-O”, which earned him the distinction of being
the first recording artist to sell over 1 million copies of a single album in
1956. In 1960, he became the first black performer to win an Emmy Award. Years
earlier, Belafonte met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on King’s historic visit to
New York in the early 1950s and the two men developed a deep friendship. Belafonte
played a key role in the civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on
Washington. Having spent decades on the frontlines of social justice struggle
all over the world, from the Civil Rights Movement in the United States to antiapartheid
efforts in Africa, Belafonte possesses deep experience in this arena.
drawing on his friendship with King, his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,
or his role as celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues with the
American Civil Liberties Union, Belafonte is expected to provide the audience
with his perspective on social issues – from the Black Lives Matter movement
and equal rights struggles to U. S. foreign policy and humanitarianism in
The lecture is free and open to the public on a limited
first-come, first-served basis following priority seating for USF Tampa students.
Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the lecture start time. Real-time
captioning will be provided; additional reasonable accommodations will be
provided upon request by calling 813-974-1001 (FL Relay 711).
For more information about the lecture series, including the
audience policy, visit the ULS website.
by Renee Hunt, USF Student Affairs Communications & Marketing