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Sidney Poitier dies at 94

Davis said on Facebook, “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier this morning.” “But even as we mourn, we celebrate the life of a great Bahamian: a cultural icon, an actor and film director, an entrepreneur, civic and human rights activist, and most recently a diplomat,” he said.

Poitier left a distinguished cinematic legacy in a single year with three 1967 movies, at a time when racial discrimination reigned in the United States.

He played a Black man with a white fiancee in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and played Virgil Tibbs, a black police officer who confronts racism during a murder investigation in “In the Heat of the Night.” He also taught at a strong London school on “To Sir, With Love” that year.

In 1963, Poitier won the Oscar for most eligible actor who made history for “Lilies of the Field,” playing a mechanic who helps German nuns build a chapel in the desert. Five years ago, Poitier became the first black actor to be nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in the movie “The Defiant Ones”.

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