Sidney Poitier ‘reminded me of the importance of dignity’: LZ Granderson

ABC News’ Phil Lipof speaks with ABC News’ LZ Granderson about Sidney Poitier’s legacy and the impact Poitier had on him as a young actor.

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43 thoughts on “Sidney Poitier ‘reminded me of the importance of dignity’: LZ Granderson

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  2. As always only one at a time, 40 years between him a Denzel Washington, and Funny you mention Oscar so white, but I find it so peculiar that all the racism and hate he stills marry a white woman? The successful, rich black man has to have a white woman to complete his status? nothing change

  3. I am telling you I never expected that slap the first time I saw the movie I was like whaaattt…I enjoyed every movie together with my dad. And it is true please and thank you opens door for you.
    Blessings to his family. They have lost a father, brother, uncle, grandfather and a lot more. But he will live on, on screen and in our hearts. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโ™ฅ๏ธ

  4. Greatness magnified by his simplicity and tenacity. You can't help but be drawn on screen to his intensity. He overshadowed everyone who shared the screen with him. Went toe to toe with the great Katherine Hepburn.

  5. I don't know how many times I saw "To Sir, With Love" or "In the Heat of the Night" and his other films. When "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" came out, that's all people talked about in the neighborhood. He was the first black person I saw on TV playing dignified roles. I watched "Pressure Point" on TV where Poitier played a psychiatrist and it gave me terrible nightmares as a kid. I can't think of anyone in the cinematic field who's more respected in the black commmunity. May the Universe rest his soul.

  6. Sidney Poitier was a glimmering spark of power and a person who stands up to manipulators. I feel like he gave us ideas of the higher mysteries of power. Also, in his teacher role of his school movie makes one think of the higher mysteries of dominating a classroom and know the higher mysteries of suggestions of classrooms which may make others try too hard because someone can be too powerful in such ways because of his pioneering in these ways of what I speak. Sydney Poitier…you have sparked some infinity leagues I believe.

  7. I want to just cry. He really did something for me growing up. I was so proud of him, and me speaking as a white woman. He was one of the greatest and most admireable. His courage and dignity was so profound. Our country would not be the same without him. Thank you, Sidney P. You were awesome!! โค

  8. Such an amazing man & actor.He didn't even need to say a word,but exuded grace & most of all dignity.This is very evident in the film,In the heat of the Night.He was acting yes,but easy for him as it was his natural disposition. Rest in Peace Sir x

  9. Omg .๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ never ever been so sad at the death of an actor .omg im so sad ๐Ÿ˜ž. Loved you Sydney ๐Ÿ˜ข. May you rest in peace …so sad here ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ

  10. I will never understand why is it that a human being who is intelligent, gracious, smart, beautiful should have to fight for a piece of this God-given world that we have all rights to. And why do Black people or people of color continue to live up to expectations to White folks? WHY?

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