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Sidney Poitier's Legacy

Sidney Poitier, a successful actor, director, and activist, has died at age 94. He was well known for being the first Black man to win an Oscar in 1963. In this interview, a professor of African American studies explains the impact Poitier made on his own life and the world. He explains how Poitier’s dignified screen presence countered stereotypical images of Black men, and how his commitment to the causes he supported included a willingness to make personal sacrifices. Listen to hear more about Poitier’s life and his legacy in film and civil rights.


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  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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