Tyler Perry and Bill and Hillary Clinton had been among the many attendees of a personal memorial service for Cicely Tyson at Harlem’s famed Abyssinian Baptist Church.
The memorial service Tuesday got here a day after lots of of admirers of the pioneering Black actor lined up exterior the church for a public viewing. Some mentioned they’d come from so far as Atlanta or Los Angeles to be there.
Abyssinian Baptist’s pastor, Rev. Calvin O. Butts, mentioned afterward that Tyson was an instance of “a life well lived and an example of how we all might live,” including, “She was as much an ambassador for peace and love as anybody I can think of.”
Also in attendance for the almost three-hour service had been gospel singer Bebe Winans and Valerie Simpson of the duo Ashford & Simpson.
During the ceremony, the solar broke by means of the clouds and the temperature rose previous 40 for the primary time within the snowy metropolis in additional than per week.
Tyson died Jan. 28. The New York-born actor was 96.
Tyson was the primary Black lady to have a recurring position in a dramatic tv sequence, the 1963 drama “East Side, West Side.” Her efficiency as a sharecropper’s spouse within the 1972 film “Sounder” cemented her stardom and earned her an Oscar nomination.
She went on to win two Emmy Awards for taking part in the 110-year-old former slave within the 1974 tv drama “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and one other Emmy 20 years later for “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.”
At age 88, Tyson received a Tony Award for the revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful” in 2013. President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom in 2016.