On June 20, 1960, Harry Belafonte became the first African American to win an Emmy. He won the Emmy for his variety special “Tonight with Harry Belafonte”. Belafonte is an established singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist.
“When I was born, I was colored. I soon became a Negro. Not long after that I was black. Most recently I was African-American. It seems we’re on a roll here. But I am still first and foremost in search of freedom.” -Harry Belafonte