This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1927–1943. Sidney was born in Miami, Florida, on 20 February 1927. A premature baby of seven months, he weighed less than three pounds and seemed closer to death than life. His father, Reginald Poitier, had come to Miami to sell tomatoes. He arrived expecting to unload his crates, haggle with some merchants, and return home. But for the next three months, Reginald and Sidney's mother Evelyn stayed in Miami, far from their other six children, nursing Sidney back to health. Sidney's premature arrival in Miami gave him automatic citizenship in the United States, a twist of fate that benefited him fifteen years later.
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