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Cicely Tyson's Family Announce Public Viewing for Fans to Bid the Legendary Actress Farewell

Olawale Ogunjimi
Feb 05, 2021
09:30 A.M.
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Legendary actress Cicely Tyson's family has invited fans and well-wishers to pay their last respect to the late actress at a public viewing set for mid-month.

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Earlier this week, the family of the late actress Cicely Tyson announced an organized public viewing in honor of the Hollywood legend. The time is set from 10 am - 6 pm on Monday, February 15, in New York.

Giving further details, the family revealed that Tyson would be lying in repose at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem — where she regularly worshipped during her lifetime.

Cicely Tyson at the 2013 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 30, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Cicely Tyson at the 2013 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 30, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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While fans and well-wishers are welcome to pay their last respects to the award-winning actress, the family emphasized no pictures will be permitted and necessary COVID-19 protocols will be put in place.

Also, people interested in being a part of the walk-by event were advised to come wearing their facemasks and adhere to the social distancing guidelines.

Tyson's longtime manager and friend Larry Thompson conveyed the family's message. No other details were given regarding the late actress's funeral services.

Cicely Tyson at the Grand Opening Gala of Tyler Perry Studios on October 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images

Cicely Tyson at the Grand Opening Gala of Tyler Perry Studios on October 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images

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On January 28, 2021, Thompson announced the Hollywood icon's death at 96. No cause of death was revealed in the statement, but it is believed that she died peacefully.

Tyson's death elicited a wave of emotions from her fans, including celebrities and other public figures. While there was general sadness at the loss of the pioneering Hollywood actress, many also showed appreciation for her life's work.

Tyson's memoir "Just As I Am," which was dedicated to her daughter, was released shortly before her death.

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Throughout last week, social media was awash with tributes in honor of Tyson from luminaries such as Tyler Perry, Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz, and many more.

Former US President Barack Obama also mourned the actress's death and showered praise on her for a life well-lived. President Barack Obama also recognized Tyson during her lifetime when he awarded her the Medal of Freedom in 2016.

Cicely Tyson holds the two Emmy Awards that she won for her performance in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" on May 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Cicely Tyson holds the two Emmy Awards that she won for her performance in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" on May 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Tyson enjoyed a successful acting career spanning more than six decades and broke many barriers for Black actresses through her portrayal of strong African-American women.

She is best known for her portrayal of Rebecca Morgan in the 1972 film "Sounder," which earned her nominations for both the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

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Some of her other notable works include "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," "Roots," "The Marva Collins Story," "The Women of Brewster Place," and "The Help."

Tyson's memoir "Just As I Am," which was dedicated to her daughter, was released shortly before her death. She detailed her relationship with her daughter and revealed why she decided to shield her from the spotlight.

The late actress meant so much to many people, and her loss will be significantly felt by millions of people around the world, but most especially women of color.

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