Harry Belafonte laughs while speaking after receiving an honorary doctor of music from Berklee College of Music at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Thursday, March 6, 2014

Harry Belafonte receives an honorary doctor of music from Berklee College of Music at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Thursday, March 6, 2014

*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.

Harry Belafonte, center left, stands with Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown, center right, after receiving an honorary doctor of music degree at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Thursday, March 6, 2014

Harry Belafonte, center left, stands with Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown, center right, after receiving an honorary doctor of music degree at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Thursday, March 6, 2014

Harry Belafonte, second from left, playfully sticks out his tongue after receiving an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown, right, at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Harry Belafonte, second from left, playfully sticks out his tongue after receiving an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown, right, at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Other recipients of Berklee’s honorary doctorate have included Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones.