Kofi, Blake & Rich pay tribute to the late Sidney Poitier with a look at one of his most iconic roles: homicide detective Virgil Tibbs in Norman Jewison's "In the Heat of the Night."
The film is a murder mystery laced with the racial intensity of the Deep South, featuring some crackling exchanges between Tibbs and the good ol' boy police chief played by Rod Steiger.
In his work both on-screen and off, Sidney Poitier's strength of character pushed white audiences to reconsider their notions of black men and provided people of colour (like a young Kofi) with a dignified role model.
In that sense, his life provides a road map for anyone.
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