The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will celebrate the 50th Anniversary release of the Stanley Kramer’s groundbreaking 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.  The celebration will also honor the life, career and legacy of Poitier with the inaugural Icon Award.

“It is beyond a privilege for AAFCA to receive this opportunity to honor a man who epitomizes timeless excellence,” said AAFCA President Gil Robertson. “Throughout his career, Mr. Poitier has embodied values that the AAFCA community admires and strives to duplicate. He set a standard of merit through his craft and commitment to humanity that has been a great blueprint for all artists.”

The event will be the centerpiece of the 8th AAFCA Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

“We feel that his impact is immeasurable. There is, perhaps, no artist more fitting to receive the inaugural AAFCA Icon Award than Mr. Poitier,” Robertson went on to say.

The AAFCA annually awards “Best of the Year” honors in 15 categories. This year’s honorees will be announced Monday, Dec. 12.