native of Harlem in New York City, Belafonte is well
known for his "Banana Boat Song." Belafonte grew up
in Jamaica and his album "Calypso" recorded in 1955
was the first album to sell more than a million copies.
9, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
Singer-actor Harry Belafonte will be the keynote speaker
for a "Beyond Black and White: Color, Culture and
the Arts" symposium set for April 14-17 at the University
of Kentucky. Belafonte's remarks are set for 5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16, in the Guignol Theatre in UK's
College of Fine Arts.
to Belafonte's speech are $6 general admission and
$3 for students. They are available from the Singletary
Center for the Arts ticket office, (859) 257-4929.
is a part of a weeklong symposium that will also include
performances by UK theater students of the critically
acclaimed play, "The Colored Museum," in the Briggs
Theatre of the UK Fine Arts Building. The performances
are set for April 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and
April 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission,
$10 for UK faculty and staff, and $8 for students
and are also available from the UK Ticket Office.
Museum" was written by George C. Wolfe, a native of
Frankfort who graduated from Pomona College in Clairmont,
Calif., and earned a master's in fine arts from New
York University. The satirical play examines the question
of how American black men and women at once honor
and escape the legacy of suffering that is the baggage
of their past. The play includes such powerful "exhibits"
as "Celebrity Slaveship" and "Fasten Your Shackles."
Department of Theatre's symposium includes a wide
variety of presentations by scholars of African-American
and African Studies issues.
the symposium sessions are sections titled "Aunt Jemima
and Uncle Mose Talk About Race, Class and Gender,"
"Mixing the Races in the Arts and in the Law," "Human
Possibilities: Exploring and Erasing Chosen Divisions,"
and "Facing the Stereotype Demons and Defusing Them."
Speakers include Kenneth Goings of Ohio State University,
Herman Daniel Farrell III, layer and playwright, Aminata
Baruti, instructor of African-American dance, and
Lundeana Thomas, co-director of the African-American
Theatre Program at the University of Louisville.
Belafonte's talk will provide a fitting capstone for
the serious symposium discussions," said Geri Maschio,
professor and director of the UK Theatre who organized
the event. "Belafonte is an artist of many talents
- concert singer, recording artist, movie star, Broadway
and television star, and producer," Maschio noted.
of Harlem in New York City, Belafonte is well known
for his "Banana Boat Song." Belafonte grew up in Jamaica
and his album "Calypso" recorded in 1955 was the first
album to sell more than a million copies.
has a recently released album titled "The Long Road
to Freedom." His film credits include the movies "Buck
and the Preacher," "The World, the Flesh and the Devil,"
and "Island in the Sun," co-starring John Travolta.
Belafonte also co-authored the title song of the movie,
"White Man's Burden."
years, Belafonte has become even more dedicated to
his lifelong role of uniting people and doing battle
for causes often considered controversial. The civil
rights struggle in the United States has continued
to command his greatest involvement.
has received many honors in each of the artistic fields
he has worked and for his civic endeavors. The awards
include The Albert Einstein Award from Yeshiva University,
the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize and the Kennedy
Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts.
the John F. Kennedy Library presented Belafonte with
its Distinguished American Award for his lifelong
work as an advocate for human rights and racial equality.
about registering for the symposium, contact Geri
Maschio, (859) 257-3297, or e-mail