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Cicely Tyson, an award-winning icon of the stage and screen that broke Black actresses’ barriers with surpassing dignity, died Thursday, January 28, 2021. Tyson was 96.

Former President Barack Obama wrote online that “Tyson took pride in knowing that whenever her face was on camera, she would be playing a character who was a human being flawed but resilient; perfect not despite but because of their imperfections.” Tyson stated in 2016, her most significant accomplishment happened when Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom. Obama said that day, “In her long and extraordinary career; Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, but she has also shaped the course of history,”

Former President Bill Clinton wrote online that Tyson “brought complex characters to life with dignity and heart, and humanity and depth, always remaining true to herself.” “She used her career to illuminate the humanity in Black people. The roles she played reflected her values,” wrote Oprah Winfrey.

Tyson chronicled her lengthy career in her first memoir, “Just As I Am,” which was just released Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
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