Twitter Reacts to the Passing of Harry Belafonte

We lost a giant today.

Legendary singer, actor, and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte died from congestive heart failure at 96.

When news of Belafonte’s passing circulated around social media Tuesday morning, it drew passionate responses from almost every corner of the universe, including famous politicians, actors, academics, athletes, musicians and media figures.

They took to Twitter to express sadness, reverence and adoration for a man who influenced generations.

In addition, those who knew him personally, shared anecdotes, pictures or brief accounts of what Belafonte’s presence meant to their lives. 


Folks from every sector imaginable shared their appreciation for Belafonte’s legacy, specifically his artistry, courage and conviction.


Belafonte’s outsized influence on the younger generation was also apparent. The man once regarded as the “King of Calypso” left an indelible mark on those who grew up on Hip-hop — younger activists included:


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