To Sidney, with Love
Posted by Jamieson
When I was around 12 or 13 years old, I saw a movie that changed my life and how I viewed it: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The idea that a white woman could date a black man was so amazing to me, sheltered as I was in white suburbia. There was only one black family in my entire neighborhood and I had little to no exposure to anything that was considered different. Sidney Poitier's role in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (as well as that of the woman and man who played his parents) showed me that though different, we were all the same.
It's been a long time since I have read a book that is life-changing and I'm thankful, beyond words, to be reading Poitier's words.
So in the end, all I can say is thank you. Thank you for opening my eyes, thank you for showing me that, despite our differences, we are all human; thank you for being an example for many, and thank you for your words.