In Memoriam: Cicely Tyson


“In my early years, there were a number of experiences that made me decide I could not afford the luxury of just being an actress. There were a number of issues I wanted to address. And I wanted to use my career as a platform.” – Cicely Tyson, 1999 NYWIFT Muse Honoree

Actress and social advocate Cicely Tyson, who distinguished herself in theater, film and television, died on January 28 at the age of 96. 

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. Rest in Peace, Cicely Tyson. NYWIFT thanks Cicely for breaking barriers, shattering stereotypes, and inspiring so many during her incredible 70 year career as an artist and advocate. Read more from the New York Times.