March 1, 1914 Ralph Waldo Ellison, novelist, literary critic and scholar, was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 1933, Ellison entered Tuskegee Institute on a music scholarship but after his third year he moved to New York City where he met Richard Wright who encouraged him to pursue a career in writing.
Tags: actor, Best Supporting Actor, Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, Broadway, Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Summer, Grammy Award, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, musician, National Medal of Arts, Navy, New York Film Critics Circle Award, social activist, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, World War II
March 1, 1927 Harold George “Harry” Belafonte, Jr., musician, actor and social activist, was born in New York City. Belafonte served in the United States Navy during World War II and after his discharge began his music career singing in clubs to pay for acting classes.
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