Opinion: When Sidney Poitier risked his life for civil rights

The death of Sidney Poitier marks the passing of an icon whose art touched millions of lives across generations and whose work helped break down the structures of exclusion in Hollywood. But Poitier’s legacy is pivotal for other reasons. Though rightfully celebrated in his life and at his death for having achieved many racial firsts — America’s first Black movie star, matinee idol and Oscar winner for Best Actor — Poitier contributed much to social transformations taking place far beyond the movie screen.

Source:: CNN Top Stories

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