Secretary Weber Issues Statement on the Passing of Sidney Poitier

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SAN DIEGO, CA  : California Secretary of State issued the following statement on the passing of actor and civil rights advocate Sidney Poitier.
“I was saddened to hear of the passing Sidney Poitier yesterday. All of us knew him for his award-winning performances. But for African-Americans, he was a forceful messenger who used his celebrity and his craft to help American actually feel the injustices of racism and to better understand the experience of Black men and women.
Offscreen, he was a forceful and unapologetic advocate for civil rights. Poitier joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington in 1963. That day, he said his interest in the civil rights movement came “out of a necessity to survive,” a recognition that the struggle, even for a well-known actor, was a life or death proposition.
Dr. King later summed up Poitier best when he said,” He is a man of great depth, a man of great social concern, a man who is dedicated to human rights and freedom.”
My condolences to his family, friends and to all who value the legacy of this remarkably varied, accomplished and principled man.

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