Sidney Poitier, actor and pioneer activist of black cinema

Sidney Poitier (right) portrayed South African leader Nelson Mandela (left) in a TV movie. They are seen here in 1996 in Cape Town, where the film was shot.

Sidney Poitier, the pioneering black movie star who led the fight for racial equality in cinema decades before the #OscarsSoWhite and Black Lives Matter movements, has passed away.

– Racial harmony – In 1950, the successful young actor starred in his first film, “No Way Out”, quickly followed by classics such as “Blackboard Jungle” and “Edge of the City”.

Originally published as Sidney Poitier, actor and pioneering activist of black cinema

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