Sidney Poitier: For Love of Ivy
Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier (born 1927) was once described as “the Martin Luther King of the movies.” In the turbulent 1960s, he “embodied the black image for the dawning Age of Integration,” wrote his biographer. In his life, both on and off the screen, he projected “the perfect man”—intelligent, dignified, adept, and sensitive. When the film For Love of Ivy opened in the summer of 1968, Poitier was arguably Hollywood’s leading actor, having already starred in To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which were all released in 1967.
Robert M. Peak, 1968