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Sir Sidney Poitier was a thoughtful, charismatic actor and Academy Award winner.
He was also an activist. He marched on Washington in 1963, as part of the call for equality spearheaded by Dr Martin Luther King.
He could see that channelling his righteous anger could influence millions of people around the world.
His life was celebrated during this year’s Oscars ceremony, alongside others in the entertainment industry who passed away in last twelve months.
The ‘slap that was heard around the World’ might have eclipsed that segment.
I think the only slap which people will remember Mr Poitier giving was the one his character, Virgil Tibbs, gave the racist character Endicott ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ (1967).
That was a bold, justified, and revolutionary act. It is a long way from what happened on film in the sixties to last weekend at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.
Apologies have been offered since then.
Learning is underway too.
Meanwhile, to close here’s a quote from Mr Poitier which puts all that into context:
I have learned that I must find positive outlets for anger, or it will destroy me.
Sidney Poitier: The Measure Of A Man A Spiritual Autobiography