A legend in his own right, Harry Belafonte used his fame as a singer and actor to aid Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. Belafonte bailed King out of jail whenever he was arrested. He also provided for King's family considering King only made about $8,000 a year as a preacher. The actor known for his dashing looks bankrolled most of the Freedom Rides by himself.
While Harry Belafonte has retired from performing, he has not stopped his activism. He recently released a memoir where he detailed being the liason between John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.