Sidney Poitier, 1927-2022

The great Sidney Poitier, who was a towering figure in my childhood, has died.

Poitier was the Jackie Robinson of American film, a Black pioneer in a nearly all-white industry. This song is a fitting message of gratitude for what he taught white viewers about the gaping holes in our story of America, and about the beauty and danger of living Black in the United States.

The Poitier role that has loomed largest in my viewing life is A Patch of Blue. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.

~ by lolarusa on January 7, 2022.

3 Responses to “Sidney Poitier, 1927-2022”

  1. Just starting to go through his early films. No Way Out is amazing!

  2. I haven’t seen No Way Out yet. It’s on my list.

  3. Last night I saw the film version of A Raisin in the Sun. Powerful.

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