Sidney Poitier’s ‘Separate But Equal’ on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment

In the rich tapestry of Hollywood’s history, few names shine as brightly as Sidney Poitier’s. His presence on screen wasn’t just about acting; it was a seismic shift in representation and equality. As Paramount prepares to re-release Separate But Equal,  a poignant film echoing a tumultuous past, it’s a perfect time to reflect on Poitier’s legacy and his parallel journey to civil rights titan Thurgood Marshall.

Separate But Equal, originally released in 1991, chronicles the Brown v. Board of Education case, which challenged the doctrine of “separate but equal” and paved the way for school desegregation. Poitier’s portrayal of Thurgood Marshall was more than a role; it was a homage to the man who blazed a trail for equality.

The parallels between Poitier’s journey in film and Marshall’s fight for civil rights are striking. Both faced formidable odds, entrenched prejudices, and systemic barriers. Yet, through their determination and commitment to justice, they reshaped the narrative of race in America.

As Separate But Equal returns to the screen, it serves as a reminder of the battles fought and the progress made in the pursuit of equality. Poitier’s performance as Marshall is not just a tribute; it’s a celebration of resilience, courage, and the human spirit.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of that landmark decision, Paramount Home Entertainment will re-release writer/director George Stevens, Jr.’s Emmy® Award-winning* masterpiece Separate But Equal now available on DVD.