A film by Susanne Rostock
was screened on Thursday September 20, 7pm at Concordia University as a special feature of the Montreal International Black Film Festival
This biopic was followed by a Q&A with HARRY BELAFONTE
March on Washington, DC for Civil Rights, 1963: James Baldwin
with Julie and Harry Belafonte on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
From the Jack T. FranklinPhotography Collection of the African American Museum in
HE’D had no singing lessons and he couldn’t read a note. But Harry Belafonte was what they call a natural, plucked from obscurity to stardom thanks to a lucky break at a New York jazz club.
At the time he was a struggling actor and his phenomenal success as a singer soon fed into Hollywood and Broadway. Blessed with charm and good looks, by the 1960s he was a top American entertainer, living the highlife in Las Vegas and rubbing shoulders with the Rat Pack.
Like all good stories this one has a twist. Belafonte was also a man on a mission, using his fame and fortune to support the forward march of civil rights