June 20, 1960 – Harry Belafonte Wins An Emmy
Harry Belafonte became the first African American to win an Emmy on June 20, 1960. Belafonte is a singer, an actor, producer, songwriter and social activist. He set musical records with the highest selling album by a single artist in 1956, Calypso sold over a million albums.In addition to the Emmy, he has won a Tony Award, Academy Award, three Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Belafonte is well known for his civil rights activism, he was a prominent fixture in civil right protests and marches and a close ally to the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has continued his activism for various humanitarian causes into the twentieth first century. Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927 in New York City.
Harry Belafonte being interviewed backstage during the screening “Sing Your Song” by Occupy TVNY on October 30, 2011.