University of Vermont

Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents:

A Celebration Fit for a King in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
An afternoon with Harry Belafonte
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Harry Belafonte, internationally acclaimed artist and humanitarian, will speak on the subjects of social justice and equity at the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel.

Belafonte, who has dedicated much of his life to supporting the worldwide human right struggle, has also excelled in every area of the entertainment world as a recording artist, concert performer, movie star, Broadway actor and television star and producer. The awards he’s received are reflective of these passions and include the Albert Einstein Award; UNICEF's Danny Kaye Award; the Martin Luther King Peace Prize; and the Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts.

Belafonte, who was the first recipient of the Nelson Mandela Courage Award, has been honored by the American Jewish Congress; the NAACP; The Urban League; the National Conference of Black Mayors; the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'rith; the ACLU; and the U.S. State Department and the Peace Corps. Belafonte has said that his work for human rights and his artistic pursuits have provided him with the basis for a productive and balanced life.

Tickets to this year’s event, which focuses on the themes of social justice and equity, are free and distributed on a first come first serve basis at the Hoffman Information Desk on the first floor of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Faculty, staff and students of the UVM community can pick up tickets on Jan. 14-17 (one ticket per UVM ID). Tickets will be available to the general public on Jan. 18-22.

For more information, please contact Leslie Logan, Administrator of University Events at 656-1266 or

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By Tom Weaver (Article published January 23, 2008)

Last modified February 25 2008 05:21 PM

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