Cicely Tyson

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Cicely Tyson, an Actress Who Shattered Racial Stereotypes, Dies at 96

During her long and dignified life, Cicely Tyson was always true to her believes and principles.

In the obituary, published by the New York Times, Robert McFadden writes, that Cecily Tyson was “the stage, screen and television actress whose vivid portrayals of strong African-American women shattered racial stereotypes in the dramatic arts of the 1970s, propelling her to stardom and fame as an exemplar for civil rights.”

In a remarkable career of many decades, she refused to take parts that demeaned Black people and won a Tony, Emmys and an honorary Oscar.  In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Please browse our virtual display in remembrance of Cicely Tyson.