28 Days of Black History Month (February 25th, 2015)
Sidney Poitier, Born on February 20th, 1927 in Miami, Florida a premature baby to Bahamian Parents who were only visiting at the time of his birth. Sidney Poitier is well known for his Acting, Directing & writing. But did you know that Sidney Poitier is the 1st African American to win an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. He won it for his role as Homer Smith in the film “Lillie’s in the field”. This was the 2nd time Poitier was nominated in the the Best Actor Category. The 1st was in 1958 for his portrayal Noah Cullen in the “Defiant Ones”. He has assembled quite the resume, throughout is illustrious career. He has acted in countless films, with strong racial plots & subplots. In the 1967 critically acclaimed film “Guess who’s coming to dinner” he played a character who was engaged to a White Woman and was set to meet her parents for the first time. That movie really changed the game in many ways.
Sidney is also a famed Director, He directed a slew of films from the 1970s to the 1990s including several films with Bill Cosby. It can’t be understated that he is also a veteran of the Broadway stage. He played in the Broadway production of A Raisin in The Sun in 1959, and the film in 1961. Sidney Poitier’s Performances and roles in Hollywood gave Black Actors a muse. His roles were always dignified and never Sambo-ish. Sidney Poitier has traveled the world over and back. In 1997 he was Appointed the Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan (1997-2007). He has been Married twice and has 6 children. His accomplishments are too vast to list them all. Not bad for a guy who had a heavy accent and was thought to not survive long after his birth.
Hollywood never saw him coming, Mr. Poitier embodied class. His talents took him and African Americans to new heights. We Salute you Mr. Poitier, #Thankyou.