Artists, lawmakers, clergy, academics and industry titans celebrated the life of Harry Belafonte Tuesday, remembering the «uncompromising black man» who «made America better.»

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

«Harry Belafonte, a proud and uncompromising black man, helped change the world. He could have been content to just be a ‘star,'» former attorney general Eric Holder said in a statement.

«He certainly was. But he used the power his artistic gifts gave him to improve the lives of those who are too often forgotten or downtrodden. His was a momentous life.»

Holder, the first black attorney general, noted that Belafonte outlived nearly all of his peers from the 1960s, such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

«Their support and work with Dr. King is a testament to their commitment and loyalty,» Holder said. «He made America better.»

Beatrice King, King’s daughter, fondly recalled that Belafonte stood by her family through thick and thin. She posted a photo of him at his father’s funeral.

«I won’t forget it,» he wrote. «Rest well, sir.»

The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, praised the Harlem-born «culture-changing artist.»

«Harry Belafonte was a true mentor and friend. It breaks my heart to hear of his death, but I am inspired by the long and fruitful life he led.» sharptonthe Hoyest of MSNBC’s «NewsNation,» shelp on a statement.

«He was a culture-changing artist, history-changing activist, and peerless intellectual. Rest in peace and power, Mr. B.»

While Belafonte had a global impact, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-NY, said he will always think of him as a proud New York City native.

«Harry Belafonte was an iconic New Yorker who used his art and activism to upset the status quo and fight for justice.» Goalkeeper he said in a statement.

«I was saddened to learn of his passing this morning. New York and the world lost a legend today.»

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., posted a photo of him hugging Belafonte.

«Harry Belafonte was not only a great artist, but also a courageous leader in the fight against racism and the oppression of workers.» Sanders said in a statement. «Jane and I have been privileged to consider him a friend and will be greatly missed.»

Noted academic Cornel West said he was saddened by the passing of «my very dear brother». He praised Belafonte’s «artistic genius, moral courage» and «loving soul».

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

«Harry Belafonte was a barrier breaker who helped reshape our world through his civil rights advocacy, his music and his acting,» Cook said in a statement, which included an image of Belafonte speaking at a street rally. «May he rest in peace.»

American Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, 53 years Belafonte’s junior, celebrated his long life and thanked him for the role he played in her life.

«Rest in Power, Mr. B» she wrote. «You had a long and purposeful life, but I’m still grieving today. Thank you for believing in me.»

Belafonte’s impact was felt even on Sesame Street, where he and Count von Count once sang a song about counting coconuts.

Tavleen Tarrant contributed.