Harry Belafonte

Singer, Songwriter, Activist & Actor 2013 Recipient of the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal


Harry Belafonte has been honored by the American Jewish Congress, the NAACP, City of Hope, Fight for Sight, the Urban League, the National Conference of Black Mayors, the ACLU, the State Department, Boy Scouts of America, Hadassah International, and the Peace Corps. He received the Albert Einstein Award from Yeshiva University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize, the Acorn Award from Bronx Community College, and the Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He was the first recipient of the Nelson Mandela Courage Award and was honored with the 1994 National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He has a number of honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia. He is the 2013 recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the most prestigious award bestowed by the NAACP.