Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography, by Sidney Poitier is a wonderful look at his life over the years. Coming from poverty, Poitier became one of the most well-known and well-loved actors in the world.

Poitier describes his early years and family life, and how that helped to shape him into the man he is. His father told him that they measure of a man is how he provides for his family. When Poitier came to America and decided to pursue his dream of acting, he had to go through a lot of racism and persecution. Even from those he worked with. He details how he dealt with it and how his upbringing affected his outlook. Poitier had tremendous integrity when choosing his roles and didn’t compromise his values.

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography is a powerful look at Poitier as he shares his beliefs and convictions that he continues to attribute to his parents. As one of my favorite actors, Poitier provides an interesting account of his life.


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