By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 19, 2013 at 1:40PM
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, TV One will air Sing Your Song, the critically-acclaimed documentary profiling revered singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte, on Sunday, August 25 at 11 am ET.
This marks the basic cable network premiere of the 2011 documentary, which charts Belafonte's life as a rising black Hollywood star amid the social and political racism plaguing 1960s America, and his emergence as a figurehead of the civil rights movement.
"As one of the most celebrated entertainers of the era, Harry Belafonte's unrelenting support of the 1960s civil rights movement helped to spotlight and give voice to the hardships and prejudices faced by millions of Americans," said Maureen Guthman, SVP of Program Strategy and Acquisitions for TV One. "We are delighted to bring his story to the wider basic cable audience - both those who were raised on his songs and films, and younger viewers who can absorb the documentary and appreciate Belafonte's legacy in conjunction with the March on Washington anniversary."
The film documents Belafonte's resistance to the many obstacles he's faced throughout his life, and his transformation into a champion for human rights worldwide - making him one of the truly heroic cultural and political figures of our time.
The film features interviews with Belafonte's family and notable names such as Tony Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Coretta Scott King, Rep. John Lewis, Miriam Makeba, Nelson Mandela and Sidney Poitier, among many others.
Produced by Belafonte Enterprises and S2BN Entertainment Production in association with Julius R. Nasso Productions, Sing Your Song screened at numerous film festivals worldwide, receiving acclaim along the way.
It received a limited theatrical run, and eventually aired on premium cable network HBO in October 2011.