Legendary actress, Cicely Tyson passed away at the age of 96 last year. Although her legacy lives on through the work she has left behind, it will also soon live on through a street bearing her name.
According to Playbill, on September 17th, a street in Harlem, New York, will be renamed in Tyson’s honor. Between Lexington and Third Avenues, East 101st Street will become Cicely Tyson Way. She was raised in Harlem after moving there with her family as a young child after being born in the Bronx, New York. She passed away in New York City in January 2021, and the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem hosted her funeral.
Following Saturday’s unveiling of the street renaming, there will be a celebration held in Tyson’s honor, which will feature the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Dominican Folklore Dance Troupe, the Caribbean-American Sports, and Youth Movement Steel Orchestra, and more.
Larry Thompson, who had been in charge of managing Miss Tyson’s career for more than 40 years, and who verified the news at the time of her passing stated, “Each year was a privilege and blessing. The new memoir, in Cicely’s mind, was like a Christmas tree decked out with all the trinkets from her personal and professional life. She finished decorating the tree today by adding the final decoration, a star.
Tyson’s career spanned several generations and spanned decades as she worked on numerous projects, including “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” “Roots,” “Green Fried Tomatoes,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “House of Cards,” and many others.
Tyler Perry was a frequent collaborator of hers in the last few years of her life. He revealed last month that, when working with Cicely Tyson on the set of his movie “Why Did I Get Married,” he once paid him $1 million for a single day of work. Moreover, he disclosed that he had assisted in providing for her care for the latter 15 years of her life.