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Poitier gets living legend nod at Trumpet Awards

Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier received the Living Legend Award at the annual Trumpet Awards in Atlanta, honoring black achievements in politics, science and the arts.

Others honored Monday night include former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, actress Cicely Tyson and AOL Time Warner Vice Chairman Ted Turner, who received the Humanitarian Award. Poitier, 74, won a best-actor Oscar for 1963's "Lillies of the Field."

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, attending with his daughter, Jacqueline, scanned the star-studded crowd, which included comedian Chris Tucker and singer Erykah Badu, and remarked that it showed the nation was recovering from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"We were knocked down to the ground with that tragedy," Jackson said. "But the ground is no place for a champion. And, as you can see here tonight, champions don't stay down for long."

Among those attending were attorney Johnnie Cochran, former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, TV judges Glenda Hatchett and Greg Mathis, and gospel singers BeBe Winans and Shirley Caesar.

A small group of pickets supporting a race and age discrimination lawsuit against World Championship Wrestling and Turner Sports staged a protest outside the event. Turner Broadcasting sponsors the Trumpet Awards.

A taped broadcast of the awards show is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 on TBS.

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