Poitier: Striving For A Life Of Excellence

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 1:02 am

sidney-poitier.jpgNPR: When Poitier was a teenager he left his native Bahamas for better opportunities in Miami. His father took him to the dock, gave him a lecture and then put $3 in his hand. “He said, ‘take care of yourself, son.’ And he turned me around to face the boat,” Poitier says. On the boat, “I’m looking back at him and I knew what he was thinking,” he says. “He was thinking about whether he and my mother had given me enough before I had to go out into the world. And I think now that they did. He gave me infinitely more than the $3 he put in my hand.” Read and listen to here.