An Evening with Harry Belafonte

Thursday 11/2/2000

Art Institute of Chicago's Arthur Rubloff Auditorium

Chicago, Illinois

An Evening With Harry Belafonte, an hour long, PBS-TV live-to-tape interview program provides a rare look inside the life and times of the legendary Harry Belafonte. Taped on November 2, 2000 at The Art Institute of Chicago in front of a live audience, entertainer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte is interviewed by his friend and fellow actor/humanitarian, Danny Glover. Mr. Belafonte has appeared in countless performances and has been honored throughout his life with many awards. Seldom, if ever, has he been interviewed about his life story.

Harry Belafonte, an entertainment legend, was attracted to the arts, studied at the famed Dramatic Workshop in New York City and became involved in the legendary Negro Ensemble Theatre. From his first movie, Calypso, Harry Belafonte went on to star in Carmen Jones opposite the beautiful Dorothy Dandridge. The interview provides insight into why Belafonte’s frustrations continually propelled him to humanitarian causes, including marching with Martin Luther King, the Free South Africa movement, the “We Are the World” recording session and UNICEF. An Evening With Harry Belafonte also marked the National Launch of The HistoryMakers, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary throughout 2010.


The HistoryMakers staff has created a finding aid for this event. View/Download below: 

Finding Aid To An Evening With Harry Belafonte.pdf


Honorary Chairs

The Honorable Emil Jones, Jr.

Walter Massey

Clarence Avant


Event Co-Chairs

Veranda & Jacoby Dickens

Cheryl Mayberry

Vernon Jarrett

Rhona Hoffman

Benefit Committee

Pamel K. Anderson

Kaye’y Assem

Barbara Burrell

Carmen Caldero

Roslyn Chapman

Alfreda Bradley-Coar

Sharon Morrow

Sabrina Poole

Christopher Rabb

Dana Rice

Dee Robinson

Chester Singleteary

Laurel Stradford

Deborah Thomas

Phoebe Tree

Susan Webb

Jacqueline Williams

Darice Wright