This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1945–1949. By 1945 Sidney was excruciatingly sensitive about his position in America. Since landing in Miami, he had suffered from deep isolation, endured assaults based on skin color, and languished in dead-end jobs. But his resolve to become an actor prompted him to better himself. He scraped together his earnings as a dishwasher to purchase a radio. After work, Sidney would listen to the radio and repeat what he heard—news reports, commercials, soap operas, panel discussions, etc.—mimicking the clean diction of radio announcers. He read magazines and newspapers at every chance. He left for Hollywood in 1949 as a seasoned young actor, a man textured in American politics and culture, a member of a small black avant-garde, and a firsthand witness to the ironies of racial integration.
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