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26 Sep

90 Years Of Grace: A Look At The Life

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Sidney Poitier used every instrument available to him to inform stories of Black excellence in his 94 years on this earth. The actor, director, philanthropist and father died on January 7 and left behind a legacy that modified the trajectory for Black actors coming up behind him perpetually. 

He was dashing, commanding, and graceful at a time when Black men weren’t expected or permitted to be. On the screen, behind the camera and within the media he worked to raise and expand the concept of Blackness within the minds of the general public.   

As a stern but empathetic educator in To Sir, With Love and a realistic but passionate suitor in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Poitier completed his goal with props including tailored tuxedos and starched tennis whites. He even went to date as to reject stereotypical roles at a time when work was scarce for Black performers. 

94 Years Of Grace: A Look At The Life Of Sidney Poitier
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Poitier was vulnerable concerning the pressure he felt to represent his race, admitting that when he arrived as the only Black person on a set he felt the invisible tug of thousands and thousands of others. He was also compassionate about other causes and donated his time to the fight against climate change and the eradication of childhood diabetes.

See select images from the inspirational lifetime of Sidney Poitier below.

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