Harry Belafonte Receives Humanitarian Oscar

Entertainer Harry Belafonte, was among four cinematic veterans honoured on Saturday at the Governor’s Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Harry Belafonte

The others are: Maureen O’Hara, Hayao Miyazak and Jean-Claude Carriere.

Belafonte was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his activism.

The 87-year-old was a prominent civil rights campaigner and friend of Martin Luther King Jr, who he supported during his fight against segregation.

Also known as a humanitarian, he has been a UNICEF ambassador, a campaigner on HIV in Africa, as well as a supporter of prostate cancer charities since he was successfully treated for the disease in 1996.

Born in 1927 to a Jamaican mother and a Martiniquan father, Harry Belafonte lived with his grandmother in Jamaica from 1932 to 1940.

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