Here's Belafonte telling PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley about Dr. King's arrival to NBC.
Not only was it a great booking, it was the first and only appearance Dr. King made on a late night network entertainment talk show. He was casual, amusing, warm, relevant.
Harry Belafonte was Johnny Carson's substitute host one week in February 1968. Sadly, in early April 1968, our Dr. King would be gone -- felled by an assassin's bullet.
In 2011, HBO premiered an excellent documentary on the singer/actor/activist entitled Sing Your Sing.
Said director Norman Jewison: "No one really wanted to make this movie" because it was an African-American story. He and many actors worked for less money in order to have the budget to make it. The cast included Howard Rollins, David Alan Grier and Robert Townsend. Adolph Caesar would capture an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor...
Friends Chiz Schultz and Harry Belafonte did a project together. Schultz produced the 1970 urban satire, The Angel Levine. Zero Mostel plays an old Jewish tailor who's out of work and has an ailing wife. One day, a tough-talking black man appears in his kitchen claiming to be angel sent from Heaven to help. The angel's name is Alex Levine.
Only in New York. Mr. Belafonte, thank you for getting Dr. King on The Tonight Show. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everybody. Keep the dream alive.