The Classic Black Cinema Series is designed to expose the community to the vast artistic value Black film has had throughout the years. This month, they’ll be honoring the life and legacy of Academy Award-winning actor, Sidney Poitier. In 1972, Poitier made his directorial debut and co-starred with friends Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee in the western drama, Buck and the Preacher.
Following the end of the Civil War, soldier-turned-trail-guide Buck (Sidney Poitier) makes a living by helping former slaves find settlements in the West. Along the way, a con artist, the Preacher (Harry Belafonte), joins the group, and constantly clashes with Buck. When a gang of bounty hunters, led by the fiendish Deshay (Cameron Mitchell), attempts to round up the freed slaves to bring them back to Louisiana, the two put aside their differences to fight a common enemy.