Sidney Poitier & The Loyalty Oath

Sydney Poitier and OscarIn his autobiography, Sidney Poitier discusses how Hollywood movie and television executives urged him to sign a “loyalty oath.” The “loyalty oath” required him to disassociate from Paul Robeson and Canada Lee, two super-talented activists who were labeled as “troublemakers” for heavily advocating for the African-American community.

Sidney Poitier described his relationship with Paul Robeson as being so close that Mr. Robeson often came to his house to visit and eat meals. Mr. Poitier considered the oath to be a bid to buy his soul. He professes that he didn’t sign the oath.

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