Earlier this week Daddy “O” and I watched a Gayle King interview on CBS This Morning with Cicely Tyson introducing her memoir “Just As I Am” and we were in awe of the beauty and grace of Ms. Cicely Tyson. Today we turned into CBS This Morning at the beginning of the show as usual and learned that pioneering queen Ms. Cicely Tyson had passed away. Watching the interview with Gail King earlier this week and then learning of her passing seemed a little surreal because she was just on the same show promoting her book a few days earlier interacting and completing interviews. The video we picked speaks a lot about the life of Ms. Cicely Tyson and many people in the black community are mourning because she was a mentor, role model, mom, auntie, grandmother, and great grandmother for the many that looked up to her image as a talented, beautiful graceful actress and she so humbly touched the lives of many.
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch–what makes you go beyond the norm-Official Cicely Tyson
I hope that my book inspires you all to take stock of your own wonderful journey, and the blessings that lie there. #JustAsIAm Tweet From Cicely Tyson
“Just As I Am” is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” –Cicely Tyson