Renaming the Bridge

Topics: Sidney Poitier, The Bahamas, Bahamas Pages: 3 (1022 words) Published: March 18, 2013
Renaming of the bridge

In an effort to honor indigenous Bahamian heroes, the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas made a decision to rename the bridge after Sir Sidney Poitier at its cabinet meeting held on October 9th, 2012. An official statement was made by Charles Carter and Nicolette Bethel both co-chairs of the independence committee, on October 10th, 2012, coming out of the official statement the public began to express their opinion for or against on the renaming of the bridge. Confusion began to arise about whether it was the government or Atlantis that decided to rename the bridge after Sir Sidney Poitier. The confusion was rectified when people found out the Bridge Authority owned it; this therefore meant that the decision was made by government. The debate still continues to go on whether or not the bridge should be named after Sir Sidney Poitier. Sir Sidney Poitier a Bahamian actor, film director, author and diplomat was born on February 20th, 1927 in Miami to both Bahamian parents Evelyn and Reginald James Poitier. He was born 2 months premature and was not expected to survive, but his parents remained 3 months in Miami to nurse him back to health. He grew up in Cat Island and at the age of 10 he moved to Nassau with his family where he was raised as a Roman Catholic. At the age of 15 he was sent to Miami to live with his brother and at 17 he moved to New York where he held a string of jobs as a dishwasher. He then decided to join the U.S army after which he worked as a dishwasher until a successful audition landed him a spot with the...
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