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Remembering the Iconic, Sidney Poitier
On Jan. 6, 2022 Bahamian-American actor, film director, social justice activist and ambassador, Sidney Poitier passed away in Los Angeles, CA. Poitier leaves behind his six daughters and a remarkable career.
In 1964, Poitier was the first Black American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his leading role in Lilies of the Field. Poitier’s career in Hollywood was instrumental in shaping a representation of Blackness.
In addition to his groundbreaking career,
Poitier was committed to breaking racial barriers in Hollywood for Black actors. His roles in films like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967) required the world to reimagine the characters and stories Black American actors could play.
In 2009, President Barack Obama honored Poitier with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, for his artistic expression and humanitarian achievements. Undoubtedly, Poitier will be remembered as a trailblazer in Hollywood for generations to come.
Source: When Sidney Poitier risked his life for civil rights - CNN