I was the only Black person on the set. It was unusual for me to be in a circumstance in which every move I made was tantamount to representation of 18 million people.

I was the only Black person on the set. It was unusual for me to be in a circumstance in which every move I made was tantamount to representation of 18 million people.

Sidney Poitier


Perhaps one of the greatest lines in all cinema history, and the history of the United States in general.

Sir Sidney L. Poitier  February 20, 1927 – January 6, 2022) was a Bahamian-American actor, film director, activist, and ambassador. In 1964, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the first Black male and Bahamian actor to win the award. He received two further Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination. Poitier was one of the last surviving major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, and after the death of Kirk Douglas in 2020, was the oldest living and earliest surviving male Academy Award winner until his own death in 2022. From 1997 to 2007, Poitier served as Bahamian Ambassador to Japan.

Growing up as a child born in 59. Watching the 60’s through innocent eyes in a color blind family, I was quickly introduced to Sidney Poitier’s extraordinary acting. My parents adored him and spoke highly of him and his exemplary roles. To this day, The Defiant Ones in which Sidney was chained to Tony Curtis was the standout film for me. It was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and Tony and he were both nominated for Best Actor, with Sidney taking the Award and setting history.

Like Jackie Robinson, Sidney found himself embroiled in a world that despised him for his pigmentation, and found his own moral compass to stand up and be exemplary. Unlike Bill Cosby, who was often credited with living with the high moral compass, Sidney Poitier was the real deal.  He rarely accepted any role that compromised him, or other black people. He walked the moral high ground and showed all of us how it is done with style, panache and a dedication to excellence that was unparalleled.

RIP Sidney, you left your mark in all of us and your influence in teaching us the truth was landmark in its time.

Happy Friday!

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