“I refuse to let a system or a culture or a distorted view of reality tell me that I don’t matter. I know that only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life.” – Oprah
Some years ago, I had the privilege of seeing Ms. Tyson on stage in “The Trip to Bountiful”, a beautiful and stirring story about the meaning of home. At the spry, young age of 89, Ms. Tyson’s presence on that stage was nothing less than magnetic, and it moved me to tears. Everyone in that theatre understood that they were watching magnificence in motion. I was grateful then and grateful now that I had the opportunity to witness one of her legendary performances.
Cecily Tyson was so many wonderful things. A trail-blazing actress, an author, a model, a mother, and a recipient of countless awards including an Oscar, a Tony, three Emmys, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cecily Tyson was a woman who lived a life so full, she had no choice but to touch and inspire millions with her work, her legacy, and her life.
May she rest in eternal power and peace.