A view from the Oscars: Sir Sidney Poitier

His life is a true American success. It started on February 20th, 1927 when his parents from Bahamas came to Florida and…Sidney Poitier was born! He became the first Black American Oscar winner and participated in the March on Washington with Martin Luther King in 1963! And since he is, thanks to his parents, a British citizen, he was knighted by the Queen. In 1997, Sir Sidney Poitier became ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan. In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the USA’s highest civilian honour.

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