Thoughts on Cicely Tyson, Iconic and influential actress, who recently passed away, at 96.
Cicely Tyson was an American actress and fashion model. In an award winnng career spanning more than seven decades, she became known for her portrayal of strong African-American women. She is known for her work in such films as Sounder, 1972, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, 1974. In additional to her screen career Tyson appeared in many theater productions.
I didn’t really understand the devastation that Jim Crow caused until I saw The Biography of Ms. Jane Pittman with my paw-paw. I could tell that he was uncomfortable with the movie, but he knew that it was important for his grandbabies to understand the ugliness that was perpetrated against black people.I think that the best thing I can do to honor her, is to keep doing what I can do to love black people, white people and all people, even if its small and nobody sees it. ” ~ Esperanza Zenon, Division Coordinator, Math, Physical Science & Chemistry, River Parishes Community College, Gonzales, LA