Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

Feb. 20: Actor Sidney Poitier is Born in Miami

On Feb. 20, 1924, Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win Best Actor at the Oscars, was born.


Pres. Barack Obama  presents the Medal of Freedom to Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 12, 2009. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sidney Poitier: No Bigger Star on the Big Screen

Sir Sidney Poitier — actor, director, author and diplomat — became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field in 1963.