• Lukumi Arlota – Contributing Writer

A Day of Remembrance

The Career of The Great Cicely Tyson


Cicely Tyson was born December 19, 1924, to immigrant parents from the West Indies. Who settled in Harlem New York in 1919. Tyson was born and raised in Harlem which during those times Harlem was considered the mecca of black culture. Thus the place where Tyson found her passion for the stage. She began her career as a fashion model and by 1951 she appeared in her first acting role on an NBC television called Frontiers of Faith. In 1972 Tyson found her stardom when she played the role of Rebecca Morgan in the film Sounder. She was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work in Sounder and also won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards. Tyson’s most notable roles were the 1977 miniseries Roots, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie; Coretta Scott King in the 1978 miniseries King, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie. During Tyson’s illustrious career, she received three Primetime Emmy’s, Academy Honorary Award, Tony Award, Career Achievement Peabody Award, and Television Hall of Fame Award. January 28, 2021, Tyson passed away at the age of 96. Though she is gone but not be forgotten...

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Lukumi ArlotaContributing Writer

Lukumi Arlota is a mental health advocate, black empowerment activist, public speaker, and business owner.

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