The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte hosts the Tonight Show (2020)

Sep 10, 2020 | Biography, Documentary, History

Director: Yoruba Richen

Writer(s): Yoruba Richen, Valerie Thomas, Elia Gasull Balada

Starring: Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Questlove, Petula Clark, Dionne Warwick, Freda Payne, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Tamron Hall, Lena Horne, Paul Newman, Aretha Franklin, Bill Cosby, Nipsey Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sidney Poitier, Wesley Morris

Synopsis: While the country was embroiled in a divisive election with racial tensions flaring, Civil Rights activist and trailblazing performer Harry Belafonte guest hosted The Tonight Show for one week in 1968. By then, Johnny Carson had turned this pioneering late night show into one of the most powerful platforms of communication. In an unprecedented move, Belafonte took a predominantly white institution, The Tonight Show, and transformed it into a multicultural and political experience.

Release Date: September 10, 2020 (USA) | Length: 75 min | Genre: Biography, History | MPAA Rating: TV-14

Note: I would have to see the film to get a full list of the participants. The above cast list is compiled from different articles I read about the historic event. Currently IMDB only lists Harry Belafonte and Whoopi Goldberg. This documentary missed its release date. It was suppose to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 15, 2020 . Above is the Peacock premiere date. I need to find which Valerie Thomas was a writer on this project.