Across her seven-decade career, actress Cicely Tyson has laid the groundwork for Black actresses with her performances in film, TV and stage. Now, the Academy Award-winning actress is getting her well-deserved flowers once again.
It has been announced that Tyson is the recipient of this year’s Peabody career achievement award.
“With her award-winning performances, Tyson has taught us to champion a world of possibility for social justice, creativity, vitality, and joy. Through her career, she has demonstrated the importance of imagining human freedom, the power of struggle, the grace of sacrifice, and the importance of witnessing in a nation desperate to reckon with itself,” the Peabody jurors said in a statement. “Her powerful command of her craft and her lifelong dedication to make work that entertains and challenges helps us find our ethical and moral bearings, inviting us to ponder the qualities that make for an ethical and moral life.”
Tyson was honored with a video tribute from Regina King, Katie Couric, Viola Davis and Oprah Winfrey, who credited her with paving the way “for every Black woman who cared to have a career in entertainment.”
Some of Tyson’s most notable credits include Sweet Justice, How To Get Away With Murder, The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman, Sounder and Roots.
Throughout her illustrious career, Tyson received three Emmys, a Tony, a Kennedy Center Honor. She received a Best Actress Oscar nomination her role in 1972’s Sounder and received an Honorary Academy Award in 2018.
Watch Tyson’s video tribute below.