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The writer of this paper details the prolific life of academy award winning actor, writer, diplomat, humanitarian and cultural icon Sidney Poitier. This paper discusses the actor's more controversial films, including "Cry, the Beloved Country," which addresses racism and apartheid in South Africa and "Blackboard Jungle," which deals with the issue of inner city education. This paper explores the actor's views and opinions on racism in Hollywood while also citing his refusal to work on films that do not employ an increased numbers of black talent. The writer contends and explains why Poitier continues to demonstrate a high level of integrity while also discussing his various appearances before congressional committees regarding racial discrimination in the film industry.
From the Paper:"During the 1950's, Poitier made some of the most important and controversial movies of the time. In "Cry, the Beloved Country," he addressed the issues of racial equality and apartheid in South Africa, in "Blackboard Jungle," he confronted the issues of inner city education, and in "The Defiant Ones," he portrayed one of two escaped prisoners who must overcome issues of race in their struggle for freedom. Poitier returned to the stage in 1959 to star as Walter Lee in Lorraine Hansberry's play, "A Raisin in the Sun." This play, the first by a black playwright to show on Broadway, was a moving reflection of black family life that had great popular appeal. Poitier's performance was such a critical success that he was asked to star in the movie adaptation in 1961."
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