Earlier today, news emerged of Sir Sidney Poitier’s death. The first black man to ever have won an Academy Award for Best Actor died at the age of 94. His accolades and influence spanned far and wide, as can be seen through the ongoing tributes that other stars have posted in the wake of the sad news.
‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Talks About Her Great Love and Respect for the Late Icon
“Rest In Power and Peace,” McCormick starts her Twitter tribute with. She then pens Sir Sidney Poitier a brief but emotional message. “Thank you for leading by example. A true Icon in every way. No words for all the respect and love I have for you.”
You can see the heartfelt post here:
Several fans joined the conversation adding their own condolences, including one fan who wrote: “My gosh, I had such a crush on him when I discovered ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ in the 1980s.” To this, Maureen replied with a sweet “So did I.”
“The Brady Bunch” star also replied to another Poitier tribute which includes a video of the late icon talking about this exact film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” In the video, Poitier also discusses the different influences on his career.
“The industry was not ready for such a film,” the video says.
And to this, Maureen gracefully replies: “I sure was ready. I will never forget seeing this movie.”
You can watch the full clip here:
“The industry was not ready for such a film.” RIP. https://t.co/v1JxgNCB8j— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 7, 2022
A Legacy of Advocacy
Sidney Poitier was known as a beloved civil rights and human rights advocate. In the 60s, one particular trip to the South is said to have changed his life. While attempting to donate a hefty sum to the Freedom Summer voting initiative, he was reportedly chased down and fired at by Klansmen.
Later, he helped organize the March on Washington in 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. A year before MLK’s assassination, he said of Poitier:
“He is a man of great depth, a man of great social concern, a man who is dedicated to human rights and freedom. Here is a man who, in the words we so often hear now, is a soul brother.”