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Artist honors Sidney Poitier with Little Haiti mural – The Miami Times

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Artist Kyle Holbrook stands in front of his latest mural, created as a tribute to the late Miami-born actor Sidney Poitier. 
A mural highlighting Sidney Poitier’s legacy as the first Black performer to win an Oscar for best actor was unveiled in Little Haiti on Sunday, marking the one-month anniversary of his death.

Artist Kyle Holbrook stands in front of his latest mural, created as a tribute to the late Miami-born actor Sidney Poitier. 
Legendary Bahamian-American actor and film director Sidney Poitier’s legacy is now etched in a Little Haiti mural unveiled Sunday afternoon, honoring his many contributions in the film industry in time for Black History Month and the one month anniversary of his passing. 
The mural, created by local artist Kyle Holbrook, captures the moment Poitier made history in 1964 as the first Black person to win a Best Actor Oscar Award for his role in “Lilies of the Field.”
“I wanted to do something for and in my city that could not only serve as a memorial but also provide beautification and education,” Holbrook told The Miami Times. “It’s important for the younger generation to be cognizant of the people that paved the way. This can also provide inspiration for people coming from this community to know that people in Miami can go on to do amazing things around the world.”
A mural highlighting Sidney Poitier’s legacy as the first Black performer to win an Oscar for best actor was unveiled in Little Haiti on Sunday, marking the one-month anniversary of his death.
As a muralist and upcoming filmmaker behind “The Art of Life” film that went into the American Black Film Festival, Holbrook can attest to the impact Poitier’s career had on his childhood. 
Growing up in Pittsburg with a Black mother and white father, Holbrook was often reminded of the significance of seeing people like Poitier on TV, especially in the roles he played during periods of racial unrest in the U.S. 
The 1950 film “No Way Out” showed Poitier as a trailblazing doctor who was chastised, discriminated against and witnessed firsthand how Black patients were treated compared to noncolored patients. In “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a drama that tackled interracial marriage, Poitier took on the role of Joanna Drayton’s love interest — Dr. John Wade Prentice— as the couple sought approval from their families. “A Patch of Blue,” released in 1965, tells the story of a blind white woman who falls in love with the Black man who helped her get an education despite her disability. 
“My mom always told me that as a Black male, I should carry myself like him,” said Holbrook, disclosing admiration for how Poitier carried himself with elegance and class both on and off-screen. “She was a big fan of him and thought he did more than just acting in films. He did a lot to transform the perception of Black men in America. I’ve known about him all my life.”
Holbrook wanted to be intentional with the location of the mural, choosing to place it on 54th street near Churchill’s Pub to honor Poitier’s Haitian roots and his South Florida upbringing. 
“This,” he said, pointing down NE 2nd ave. “Is the gateway to Little Haiti and having the mural here changes the perception of this neighborhood for those that are already living here and those coming to visit. This community has been so gentrified and the Haitian population here is getting smaller and smaller so it’s all the more important to preserve history.”
“Poitier was a cultural icon and it’s beautiful to see him honored in this way,” said Andrea Coppins, a tourist who stopped to see the mural with relatives on Sunday. “I think it’s important to have murals because not only is this showcasing art but also honoring those who came before us. Too often we tend to forget about those people so murals can help us remember and ask questions about who they were.”
Holbrook says gentrification in the area might be to blame for a reduction in the presence of other murals created by Black artists like himself. 
“The Black murals are becoming less and less,” he said, adding to his reasoning for selecting the location of the Poitier mural. “I expect this to be here for some several years.”
“By having something like this here, it can reinforce what the community used to be,” said Coppins. “We see gentrification going on around the country, especially in the inner cities where [developers] are taking prime property away from Blacks that at some point nobody wanted. With all of that going on, you might lose some of this history so the mural is a good way to make sure the history stays here.”
The mural, one of many Holbrook has done since moving to Miami 13 years ago, was sponsored by Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project, a nonprofit organization he created in 2002 to use public art as an outlet for children. 
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