Happy Birthday, Sidney Poitier!

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Sidney Poitier

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. Image from Britannica.


12 Aug 2009, Washington DC, USA --- epa01821985 US President Barack Obama awards American actor Sidney Poitier the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on 12 August 2009. Poitier is the first African American to be nominated and win a Best Actor Academy Award, receive an award at a top international film festival (Venice Film Festival), and be the top grossing movie star in the United States.  EPA/MATTHEW CAVANAUGH --- Image by © MATTHEW CAVANAUGH/epa/Corbis

President Barack Obama awards American actor Sidney Poitier the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on 12 August 2009. Poitier is the first African American to be nominated and win a Best Actor Academy Award, receive an award at a top international film festival (Venice Film Festival), and be the top grossing movie star in the United States. Image by © MATTHEW CAVANAUGH/Corbis

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Sidney Poitier in 1964 with his Oscar for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field. Image from Google.


“Forgiveness works two ways, in most instances. People have to forgive themselves too. The powerful have to forgive themselves for their behavior. That should be a sacred process.”

 “I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.”

 “If the image one holds of one’s self contains elements that don’t square with reality, one is best advised to let go of them, however difficult that may be.”

 “To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.”

 “A person doesn’t have to change who he is to become better.”

 “We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists… in the loved one, perfection.”

 “History passes the final judgment.”

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