- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte will receive an honorary doctor of music degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston this week during a concert in his honor.

Berklee students and faculty will perform Thursday at the concert, which will celebrate Belafonte’s life and music, from “Banana Boat Song” to “We are the World.”

Belafonte has long been an activist. He was a confidante of Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. He also helped set in motion that USA for Africa project to fight hunger in the 1980s and pushed for an end to apartheid in South Africa.

Past recipients of Berklee’s honorary doctorate include Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones, among others.