Academy Award-winning actor, writer, director, and diplomat (he serves as the Bahamas' ambassador to Japan and UNESCO), Sidney Poitier has been a political and artistic trailblazer for more than half a century. On the lecture stage he recounts the uplifting story of his life from his childhood as the son of poor tomato farmers to his pioneering cinematic career in inspiring audiences to pursue their dreams no matter what the odds. He also speaks with passion about the importance of diversity and about the humanitarian causes that most deeply concern him, in motivating others to make a difference in the world around them.
Sidney has had an incalculable impact
on American culture since the early 1950s, when he began appearing
in a string of groundbreaking movies that addressed issues of
racial and social inequality. To listening audiences he narrates
his courageous struggle to achieve equality for himself and other
black actors, as well as the films that would make him one of the
worlds most popular and respected actors, including No Way Out, The
Blackboard Jungle, Lilies of the Field, The Defiant Ones, A Raisin
in the Sun, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the
Night. For these cinematic milestones he received the Life
Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000, and in 2002
was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.