He has served as a consultant and national advisory committee member for the US Surgeon General, IOM, CDC, NICHD, American Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, First Focus, and the Sesame Street Workshop.
He received the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy, the 2008 Millie and Richard Brock Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pediatrics, the 2010 Helen Rodríguez-Trías Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association, the 2012 APA Research Award, and 2017 APA Public Policy & Advocacy Award.
Makeba was among the first African musicians to receive worldwide recognition.
She brought African music to a Western audience, and popularized the world music and Afropop genres.
As a result, she lost support among white Americans and faced hostility from the US government, leading her and Carmichael to move to Guinea.
She continued to perform, mostly in African countries, including at several independence celebrations.
In 1959, Makeba had a brief role in the anti-apartheid film Come Back, Africa, which brought her international attention, and led to her performing in Venice, London, and New York City.
In London, she met the American singer Harry Belafonte, who became a mentor and colleague.
Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil-rights activist.Makeba's career flourished in the United States, and she released several albums and songs, her most popular being "Pata Pata" (1967).Along with Belafonte she received a Grammy Award for her 1965 album An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba.Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa.Born in Johannesburg to Swazi and Xhosa parents, Makeba was forced to find employment as a child after the death of her father.