NEW BOOK REVIEW
The measure of a man
by Sidney poitier
"So what am I doing with my time?" So begins Sidney Poitier's 2001 autobiography, The Measure Of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography.
Reading his account we discover the answer to his question. Poitier, ninty-two years of age, but seventy-two when he wrote the book ran from poverty in the Bahamas only to hit a brick wall of racism and discrimination in the Jim Crow era of Miami in the early 1940s. He fled for New York and the promise of better days, but there his color and lack of education made him fit for dish washing and little more. On a whim, after a stint in the Army, Poitier responded to an ad that read "ACTORS WANTED."