Rest In Peace, Cicely Tyson (Dec. 19, 1924 ~ Jan. 28, 2021)
Garden City Park, NY: As Black History Month begins now in February, we want to take this moment to remember the late great African-American actress Cicely Tyson who died last week at the age of 96 only one day after her final TV interview with Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Known first to many for her Oscar-nominated performance in Sounder (1972), Tyson won a Tony Award for her wonderful work in the 2013 Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful in addition to a plethora of other awards (including a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a 2018 Honorary Oscar, which made her the first African-American woman to receive that honor).
Ms. Tyson's lifetime of stellar performances will stand as a major American achievement, as do the lives and works of so many other of her fellow African-American creative performance artists as discussed and shown in our acclaimed book Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way by Stewart F. Lane. Recognized by The New York Amsterdam-News as "a must-have in every Black family's library," this book is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever else books are sold.
And to learn more about the life of Cicely Tyson, be sure to check out her new memoir with HarperCollins, Just As I Am available now on Amazon.