RELEASE: Streaming September 10th, 2020 on Peacock
DIRECTED BY: Yoruba Richen
WRITTEN BY: Yoruba Richen, Valerie Thomas, Elia Gasull Balada
FEATURING: Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Questlove, Tamron Hall, Wesley Morris, and more!
In early 1968, as riots rocked American cities and the Vietnam War tragically escalated, the legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte took over Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” for one whole week. With a guest list that included Bobby Kennedy and Aretha Franklin, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sidney Poitier, for five historic nights Belafonte introduced a fractured, changing country to itself. THE SIT-IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW tells that almost-forgotten story and how this historic week set the stage for the confluence of late-night and politics that we see today.