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Harry Belafonte to Receive Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree At Berklee Tribute Concert

Courtesy Margot Edwards | 3/4/2014, 2:35 p.m.

Berklee College of Music president Roger H. Brown will present an honorary doctor of music degree to iconic musician, songwriter, and activist Harry Belafonte at a Berklee tribute concert, in recognition of Belafonte's inspiring musical and humanitarian achievements.

The Life and Music of Harry Belafonte: A Tribute Concert takes place on Thursday, March 6, 7:30 pm at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. Directed by professor Larry Watson, Berklee students and faculty will celebrate Mr. Belafonte's life and music from "Banana Boat Song" to "We Are the World." Tickets are available at berkleebpc.com.

The tribute concert is part of a multi-day celebration that includes a Harry Belafonte "Teach-In" for the Berklee community-a forum for the discussion of Belafonte's groundbreaking legacy in the areas of music, film, the civil rights movement, and human rights advocacy, and examination of music's impact on social change. The panel, moderated by Dr. Michael Mason, assistant chair of liberal arts, and Dr. Diane Richardson, assistant chair of voice, will feature artists, scholars, and community activists including Mr. Melvin King, Ms. Betsy Siggins, and Dr. Lindsey Swindall.