*Boston’s Berklee College of Music presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte on Thursday during a concert held in his honor.
Berklee students and faculty performed an array of Belafonte’s music, from “Banana Boat Song” to “We are the World.”
Belafonte was a confidante of Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. In the 1980s he helped start the USA for Africa project to fight hunger, and also pushed for an end to apartheid in South Africa.
Other recipients of Berklee’s honorary doctorate have included Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones.