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Poitier Visits Bahamas Parliament

June 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.

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