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and were probably part of the runaway slaves who had established maroon communities throughout the Bahamas, including Cat Island.

Poitier gave a brief acceptance speech, telling his peers to "keep up the wonderful work" to warm applause.

Poitier replaced the original director, Joseph Sargent.

The trio of Poitier, Cosby, and Belafonte reunited, with Poitier again directing, in Uptown Saturday Night.

The significance of these achievements was bolstered in 1967, when he starred in three successful films, all of which dealt with issues involving race and race relations: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of that year.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of classic Hollywood cinema, ranking 22nd on the list of 25.

On his second attempt at the theater, he was noticed and given a leading role in the Broadway production Lysistrata, for which, though it ran a failing four days, he received an invitation to understudy for Anna Lucasta.

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