People have traveled across the country and stood in a block-long line to pay respects to Cicely Tyson at a public viewing
NEW YORK — People traveled across the country and stood in a block-long line to pay respects to Cicely Tyson at a public viewing Monday.
As it began on a wintry Monday morning, hundreds of admirers of the pioneering Black actor lined up outside Harlem’s famed Abyssinian Baptist Church. Some said they had come from as far as Atlanta or Los Angeles to be there.
Many in the multigenerational crowd held photos of Tyson, who died Jan. 28. The New York-born actor was 96.
Her family said masks and social distancing would be required at the viewing.
Tyson was the first Black woman to have a recurring role in a dramatic television series, the 1963 drama “East Side, West Side.”
Her performance as a sharecropper’s wife in the 1972 movie “Sounder” cemented her stardom and earned her an Oscar nomination.
At age 88, Tyson won a Tony Award for the revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful” in 2013.