New Milestone For Sidney Poitier: Namesake Of ASU's Film School

Jan 25, 2021

At 93, screen legend Sidney Poitier has achieved a new milestone: He's the namesake of a new film school.


President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sidney Poitier during ceremonies in the East Room at the White House in Washington on Aug. 12, 2009.
Credit AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File

Arizona State University is unveiling The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at a ceremony on Monday. University president Michael M. Crow says the decision to name the school after Poitier, the first Black winner of a lead acting Oscar, is about much more than an emphasis on diversity. He says it's about the filmmaker's creative energy and drive and the way he advanced his life. The university says it has invested millions of dollars in technology to create what’s intended to be one of the largest, most accessible and most diverse film schools.