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.
Story Length: 5:49
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