Museum Statement Regarding the Passing of Sidney Poitier | News

Memphis, TN, January 7, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The National Civil Rights Museum joins the world in mourning the loss of a great icon and its 2001 Freedom Prize winner Mr. Sidney Poitier.

Poitier was a pioneer and a fervent civil rights activist who remained true to his principles. His art reflected his convictions. Because of this, the world reinvented black culture during a period of transformation that challenged racial prejudices and social norms.

On stage, on screen and in real life, Poitier has reflected a myriad of stories that have illustrated the multiple aspects of the life of the African diaspora. He had a way of portraying characters who carried the “racing movies” and “blaxploitation” genres beyond integration into classic empowerment stories across generations.

Oscar winner, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and author, Poitier delivered his speech, participating in the March on Washington and using his platform to fight discrimination. He has dedicated his life to promoting messages of deep passion, pride, respect and the power of black culture. Its legacy is embedded in the massive body of dramatic art that will forever demonstrate the importance for humanity of “looking beyond the surface appearances”.

Our sincere condolences to his family, friends and all the lives he touched. Rest in heavenly peace, Monsieur Poitier.

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Sidney Poitier receives the museum prize

Connie Dyson National Civil Rights Museum 9013315460 cdyson@civilrightsmuseum.org

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