This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1959–1961. These include Poitier's lead role in the Lorraine Hansberry play A Raisin in the Sun; his affair with Diahann Carroll; and the flood of publicity unleashed on Poitier by the success of A Raisin in the Sun. As his fame mounted, Poitier meticulously selected his political affiliations. He bore a double burden: furthering his career, and furthering the status of African Americans.
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