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“Rest well Harry”

April 26, 2023
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Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has paid tribute to the late entertainer and civil rights activist, Harry Belafonte.

In a statement, Sir Hilary noted that Mr. Belafonte was a staunch supporter of the University of the West Indies for more than two decades, through his championing of the annual American Foundation for the UWI (AFUWI) galas held in New York to raise funds for scholarships for financially challenged students.

He says activism and artistry were defining elements of Mr. Belafonte’s persona, and for his exemplary contributions to those areas, in 1996 UWI conferred upon him the Degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Sir Hilary says while saddened at his passing, he has left a tremendous legacy and extended condolences on behalf of the UWI to the family and friends of Mr. Belafonte.

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