Tony-winning director reflects on friend Sidney Poitier's legacy

NEW YORK — Celebrated director Kenny Leon describes actor Sidney Poitier, who died on Thursday, as his “hero.”

“Our king has gone home,” Leon said of his friend. “But he’s left a lot for us to do.” 

“Sidney just reminds us of all the good in people, and what we should do as artists,” Leon added. “So in terms of being sad – I’m not sad, because that’s a long life. I think today I’ve been thinking a lot about how to take more Sidney Poitier with me.”

Leon made his Broadway directorial debut staging the 2004 revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” starring Sean Combs as Walter

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