Tributes Pour In for the Legendary Harry Belanfonte

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Entertainers, lawmakers, clergy, academics and titans of industry celebrated the life of Harry Belafonte on Tuesday, remembering the “uncompromising black man” who “made America better.”

Belafonte died in his New York City home Tuesday, ending a 96-year life marked by inspiring music, moving performances and dogged determination throughout the civil rights era.

former US Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement hat “Harry Belafonte, a proud, uncompromising black man, helped change the world. He could have been content to being merely a ‘star,'” But he used the power to make better the lives for those too often forgotten or too often oppressed.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, hailed the Harlem-born “culture-changing entertainer.”

And John Legend, wrote on Twitter, that he’s so grateful for Harry’s revolutionary work and his massive influence on our nation and the world … Legend noted that he worked so hard and did so much. May he get his well-deserved rest.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook also took note of Belafonte’s passing and mourned the loss of “a true giant.”