Black History Moment: Cicely Tyson (1924-2021) – trailblazing actress, on-camera family role model

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In regards to recent news reports about Cicely Tyson’s death, today’s black history moment is a highlight about Cicely Tyson, and her contributions towards portraying the African American family in a positive light.
Cicely Tyson’s Accomplishments
* Won three Emmy Awards (two in 1974, one in 1994), one Career Achievement Peabody Award (2020), and one Television Hall of Fame Award (2020)
* In 2016, Cicely received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the USA
* In 2018, Cicely became the first African American woman to receive an honorary Oscar award
Cicely Tyson – On-camera examples of positively portraying the Black family
* Sounder (1972)
* The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
* Roots (1977)
* The Marva Collins Story (1981)
* Mama Flora’s Family (1998)
* Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
* Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)
* Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
Cicely Tyson’s Legacy
*Refusing to play roles that demean Black people, Cicely’s vivid portrayals of strong black women helped shatter racial stereotypes, paving the way for upcoming generations of Black actresses
In closing, visit the below websites, and/or do your own research to learn more about Cicely Tyson and her legacy:
Entertainment Tonight – Cicely Tyson Remembered
NowThis News video: Cicely Tyson’s Medal of Freedom from Obama in 2016


Playbill: The Theater Community Remembers the Life and Legacy of Cicely Tyson
NY Times article: “Cicely Tyson, an Actress Who Shattered Stereotypes, Dies at 96” – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Cicely Tyson)