Celebs in the Civil Rights Movement

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 Sidney Poitier 


As America’s first Black leading-man of film, Sidney Poitier was more shaped by the civil rights movement than his politics. During the ‘60s fight for equality, the acting legend became the personification of Black America’s dignity in mainstream cinema (not to mention the first brotha to smack a white man in a film without repercussion — In the Heat of the Night). In 1963, Poitier became the first Black man to win a Best Actor Oscar.

(dpa /Landov)

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