115th Street Library renamed after singer, civil rights icon Harry Belafonte

HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- Singer and civil rights leader Harry Belafonte was back in Harlem Monday to receive a special honor.

The 115th Street branch of the New York Public Library now bears his name, in the same neighborhood where the 90-year-old grew up and was first inspired to perform.

Belafonte, who is often called the King of Calypso, said his life was launched when he attended a performance at the Schomburg Research Library.

Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg was there. Check out her report in the video player above.
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