Sidney Poitier First black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Lillies of the Field in 1964.
His acting roles broke boundaries in a time of ignorance of issues of difference and race.
He was in his twenties in 1950s America. Martin Luther King Jr. was asking for brotherhood and integration. Segregation in public schools was ruled unconstitutional in 1954. Rosa Parkes refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955. Segregation on buses was lifted in 1956.
The 1960s brought race riots in Harlem & Philadelphia 1964, Detroit & Plainfield in 1967, and in 1968 riots against the Death of Martin Luther King. In 1964 he won his Oscar. Amazing times where he forged his career as a Hollywoood Actor.
Sidney Poitier, 20th February 1927 – 6th January 2022
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