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Cicely Tyson

Just as I Am

by Cicely Tyson

Just as I Am

Cicely Tyson

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Actor Cicely Tyson shares the remarkable personal and professional story of her life as a woman of color in Hollywood.

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Just as I Am

by Cicely Tyson

Just as I Am

Cicely Tyson

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Few women experienced the 20th century as Cicely Tyson did. The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, Tyson's life spanned impoverished beginnings in The Bronx to fame in Hollywood and Broadway that was off-limits to most people of color, especially women. Through it all, Tyson witnessed profound social change, as well as the personal and professional toll racism and sexism took on her income and relationships.

Published just two days before she died in January 2021, Just as I Am: A Memoir is a journey through Tyson's life in rich and often painful detail written by Tyson and her co-author Michelle Burford. From her abusive father to her tempestuous relationship with Miles Davis, to winning dozens of prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tyson lays bare a truly remarkable life.

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"Over nearly a century, I've witnessed the times shifting even as I've watched them come swinging back around, full circle, to the moment we are standing in today."

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