Pioneering African-American actress Cicely Tyson, winner of two Emmy Awards, dies at 96
And award-winning African-American actress Cicely Tyson, who was born and raised in Harlem, New York, has died aged 96. In 1974, Tyson won two Emmy Awards for perhaps his best known role as a main character in the television drama “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”. Tyson also played a supporting role in the 1977 television miniseries “Roots”. Cicely Tyson has played many acclaimed roles in television and film, consistently portraying positive images of African American women. In 2005, Cicely Tyson spoke at a memorial service for the late Rosa Parks at the Metropolitan TEA Church in Washington, DC
Cicely tyson: “I believe the reason Rosa Parks did not move when ordered to do so was because she knew that King Jesus was her driver and that she should not move. It was like a tree planted by the water’s edge, and it was not to be moved. I tell you, it was going up on Jacob’s ladder, and it was not to be moved. Climb Jacob’s ladder, and it was not to be moved. I have to tell you that last night yesterday when I looked at her body I was stunned by the force emanating from her face. Even in death, he was there.
The late Cicely Tyson, speaking at the 2005 Rosa Parks memorial service. Democracy Now! was here. Cicely Tyson has died at the age of 96.