Sidney Poitier, First Black Actor to Win an Oscar Passes On At 94

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The world’s first black actor to ever win an Oscar for the best actor, Sidney Poitier has passed on at the age of 94.

Although no information has been provided in regards to what could have caused his death, the acting director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Bahama, Eugene Torchon-Newry has confirmed that the talented actor has in deed passed on.

During the years when he was actively involved in the movie industry, Sidney Poitier also featured in other movies including “To Sir with Love” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” which have won him many hearts to date.

Following his tremendous performance in “Lilies of the field,” he won himself an academy award for best actor and he simply described the feeling at that time that he felt like “as if I were representing 15, 18 million people with every move I made.”

In these movies, he always painted the picture of determined, dignified heroes for that motivated many other black actors to come up and emulate him especially in regards to pursuing careers in the movie industry.

Aside from this, his character in these movies also tended to portray the peaceful integrationist aim of the struggle which many black people at the time were inspired to copy and apply to their day-to-day lives.

Due to his character, he stood as a central figure among the black people all over the world and despite his death, he shall remembered and his works shall live on to inspire more and more generations to come.

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