Sidney Poitier to receive lifetime achievement award

The 85 year old has been picked to receive the institution's lifetime achievement award at an annual dinner at the museum in October (12).

Poitier, who was the first African-American to win an Academy Award, will receive his prize alongside fellow honouree, Los Angeles-based sculptor John Outterbridge, at a gala dinner on 6 October (12), according to the Los Angeles Times.

Previous recipients include boxing legend Muhammad Ali and musician Herbie Hancock.

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