Poitier accepts lifetime award

California African American Museum fetes actor

“You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum.

In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful Evening at CAAM.

Poitier reminisced about his long career, noting that before taking any job, he considered the impact each of his characters would have on the image of African Americans. The crowd responded with hearty applause.

“Thank you for this most wonderful honor,” the actor said from the museum stage in L.A. “I’ll wear it well in the remembering of our forefathers, as they would expect me to do.”

A movie highlighting memorable moments from Poitier’s career culminated in a recalling of the first movie that he ever saw, a Western.

“It made me want to move to Hollywood,” said Poitier, “to be a cowboy.”

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