Poitier Visits Bahamas' Parliament
Jun. 22, 2001
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ Oscar-winner Sidney Poitier paid tribute to his homeland with a visit to the Bahamas' parliament.
``My mother is a Bahamian. My father is a Bahamian, as am I,'' Poitier told the House of Assembly on Wednesday. ``And all that I am, I've received from them and a country that has today given me the opportunities, and to my grandchildren, that I have never dreamt of.''
Poitier, who was born in Miami, grew up on Cat Island before leaving for the United States.
He has been visiting the Bahamas to act as a narrator for a government-produced documentary on the country's independence day. The country will celebrate its 28th year of independence from Britain in July.
Poitier won a best-actor Oscar for 1963's ``Lilies of the Field.''
The 74-year-old actor was knighted in 1968.