NEW YORK (AP) — Individuals traveled throughout the nation and stood in a block-long line to pay respects to Cicely Tyson at a public viewing Monday.
Tons of of admirers of the pioneering Black actor lined up outdoors Harlem’s famed Abyssinian Baptist Church on a wintry Monday. Some mentioned they’d come from so far as Atlanta or Los Angeles to be there.
Many within the multigenerational crowd held images of Tyson, who died Jan. 28. The New York-born actor was 96.
Her household mentioned masks and social distancing could be required on the viewing.
Tyson was the primary Black lady to have a recurring function in a dramatic tv collection, the 1963 drama “East Aspect, West Aspect.”
Her efficiency as a sharecropper’s spouse within the 1972 film “Sounder” cemented her stardom and earned her an Oscar nomination.
She went on to win two Emmy Awards for enjoying the 110-year-old former slave within the 1974 tv drama “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and one other Emmy 20 years later for “Oldest Residing Accomplice Widow Tells All.”
At age 88, Tyson gained a Tony Award for the revival of Horton Foote’s “The Journey to Bountiful” in 2013.
President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom in 2016.
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