After the passing of entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, watch a discussion on civil rights recorded immediately after the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Aram Goudsouzian
Sidney Poitier's portrayals of characters whose self-contained charm, virtue and dignity obliterated previous racist stereotypes in film but also excluded the frustrations and anger of contemporary African Americans were a model for Barack Obama's campaign promise to heal America's racial wounds.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Samantha N. Sheppard
Sidney Poitier's gift and burden as an actor was to constantly deliver more than his scripts contained, pushing the limits of Black representation in Hollywood films.
SOURCE: New York Times
The actor's performances reflected the social tensions at the rise of the Civil Rights movement, advancing beyond the caricatured and one-dimensional characters prior Black actors were given to play, and often embodying the tensions between moderate and militant factions of the Black freedom movement.
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