Sidney Poitier

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Sidney Poitier

March on Washington

The March on Washington brought sharecroppers and college students, housewives and clergy, factory workers and school teachers from every part of the country. It attracted big-name celebrities, including actors Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando, Ossie Davis, Dihann Carroll and Charlton Heston, singers Harry Belafonte, Bobby Darin, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne and Sammy Davis, Jr., athletes Jackie Robinson and Bill Russell and writer James Baldwin. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, opera star Marian Anderson and folk singers Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Odetta, and Peter, Paul and Mary performed for the vast crowd.[1]

Arrest at South African consulate

Steven Pitts February 15 2018.

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"Bill Hall, Cleveland Sellers, Willie Ricks, James Forman, and John Lewis at South Africa’s Consulate Office in New York after being arrested for protesting in memory of the Sharpeville Massacre. Harry Belafonte provided their bail. Sidney Poitier was a member of the SNCC Fund Raising Brigade."

South Africa benefit

On January 17 1986, a benefit concert was held at Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, for the National Emergency Fund of the South African Council of Churches.

Dinner Committee Members included Hon. Alan Cranston, Hon. Leo McCarthy, Hon. Barbara Boxer, Hon. Sala Burton, Hon. Ron Dellums (a DSA member), Hon. Don Edwards, Hon. Tom Lantos Hon. George Miller, Jr. Hon. Norman Mineta, Hon. Pete Stark, Hon. Willie Brown, plus Democratic Socialists of America members Julian Bond, Nancy Skinner, Harry Britt, John Henning, Adam Hochschild, Frances Moore Lappe, Stanley Sheinbaum, Communist Party USA affiliates Wilson Riles, Jr., Maudelle Shirek, Al Lannon, and Irving Sarnoff, and radical socialists Julianne Malveaux, Drummond Pike, John George, Peter Yarrow and actor/activist Sidney Poitier.[2]

LAANE Speakers, Honorees, Entertainers

Speakers, Honorees, Entertainers at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy events have been;

  • Culture Clash, 2011 Dinner
  • Tom Morello, 2010 Dinner
  • Van Jones, President and Co-Founder of Rebuild the Dream, 2010 Guest Speaker
  • Sidney Poitier, Actor, 2010 Guest Speaker
  • Sean Penn, Actor, 2008 Guest Speaker
  • Danny Glover, Actor, 2007 Guest Speaker
  • Congresswoman Janice Hahn, U.S. Representative from California’s 36th congressional district 2007 Dinner Honoree
  • Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, 2005 Dinner Honoree[3]


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