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HARRY BELAFONTE Receives New York Public Library (NYPL) Harlem Branch Named in His Honor 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Legend Harry Belafonte will be honored in his hometown neighborhood of Harlem, New York. He will be 90 years old on March 1st and is known worldwide but his home is New York City. The New York Public Library (NYPL) and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Library has decided to name the branch the Harry Belafonte –115th Street Library.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Harry Belafonte, Pamela Frank-Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Singer, songwriter, actor, author, and social activist Harry Belafonte attended P.S. 186 in Hamilton Heights, George Washington High School in Fort George, and developed his acting at the Schomburg Center’s American Negro Theater. Belafonte has advocated, challenged, and overturned racial barriers across the globe. Recently, along with his daughter Gina Belafonte, he founded the Sankofa Justice & Equity Fund, a non-profit social justice organization that utilizes the power of culture and celebrity in partnership with activism. In November 2014, Belafonte received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In November 2016, he was honored as a Library Lion at the Library Lions gala.

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is on the committee at The New York Public Library.
“On March 1st 90 years ago, I was born here. Harlem holds a very special place in my heart, and I’m so honored that I will now have a special place in Harlem. A library is a place for people to come together, to learn about their world and explore new ideas…I am hopeful that when people come to this place that will now bear my name, they will be inspired to learn about some of the pursuits I’ve held most dear — music, writing and social justice. I thank the Mayor for this anointing and I thank the New York Public Library system for its invaluable service to the community and for this personal honor,” said Mr. Belafonte.
In a recent New York Times profile, Belafonte recalls his fondest memories of Harlem and the city as a whole, recounting how a chance encounter with a customer he met while working as a janitor’s assistant resulted in him coming into the presence of other African American entertainers and activists that included Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Mile Davis, and so many others. His New York experiences very much crafted him into the extraordinary humanitarian that he is today.
“Harry Belafonte has a storied career as both an artist and an advocate for New York City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “His drive and initiative have had major impact in the realms of social justice, civil rights, culture, and activism, especially in the Harlem community. It is my honor and privilege to work with the New York Public Library to honor Mr. Belafonte and celebrate the life and accomplishment of this invaluable New Yorker,” declared Mayor de Blasio.
The 115th Street branch of The New York Public Library opened on November 6, 1908 and was built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. Over the past century, the library has evolved into a focal point of community activity, learning, and artistic production. In 2017, the branch adopted its new name in honor of civil rights leader and entertainer Harry Belafonte, whose incredible career illustrates his value for open, free, and equal access to education and opportunity. Mr. Belafonte’s Harlem roots and deep dedication to both social justice and the spread of knowledge make him a perfect namesake for this branch, a beloved part of the community that has strengthened Harlem for over a century. The three-floor building has a distinctive façade and an enduring elegance that has been called “uncommonly rugged and handsome” by the New York City landmarks book. Designed by McKim, Mead & White in a “rusticated Italian palazzo style,” the building was designated a city landmark in 1967 and a national landmark in 1980. —NYPL

Photography by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Harry Belafonte, Pamela Frank-Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Harry Belafonte, Pamela Frank-Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Harry Belafonte, Pamela Frank-Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Morgan Freeman, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Harry Belafonte, Pamela Frank-Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Former New York Mayor David Dinkins, Morgan Freeman, and Harry Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Former New York Mayor David Dinkins, Morgan Freeman, and Harry Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Former New York Mayor David Dinkins, Morgan Freeman, and Harry Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Morgan Freeman, and Harry Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Morgan Freeman, and Harry Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Harry Belafonte and his wife, Pamela Frank-Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Morgan Freeman, and Harry Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr.; March 1, 1927, Harlem, New York) is a singer, songwriter, actor, author, and social activist who has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989, he received the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1994, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts; in 2014, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards; and in November 2016, he was honored as a Library Lion at the Library Lions Gala.

Please visit one of our many photo-articles on Mr. Belafonte — The Legacy of Harry Belafonte: When Colors Come Together 2017:

https://undertheduvetproductions.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/the-legacy-of-harry-belafonte-when-colors-come-together-2017-by-photojournalist-lisa-pacino/

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