Groundbreaking star Sidney Poitier

Sidney L. Poitier was born on February 20. 1927

Few movie stars, Black or white, had such an influence both on and off the screen

Before Poitier, Hollywood filmmakers rarely even attempted to tell a Black person’s story

Poitier, winner of the best actor Oscar in 1964 for “Lilies of the Field,”

Poitier was the performer to whom a cautious industry turned for stories of progress

In 2009 President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom

He was called an Uncle Tom and a “million-dollar shoeshine boy.” In 1967

He wrote in his memoir, “The Measure of a Man,” published in 2000

They call me Mr. Tibbs!”