Emmy-Winning and Oscar-Nominated Actress
Actress, activist and humanitarian Cicely Tyson, a respected and honored talent in American theater and film, who has become an equally admired and dedicated activist and humanitarian. Tyson will also receive the Ideals Award in recognition of her outstanding service and commitment to Dr. King’s principles. A native of New York, Tyson began her career…
Actress, activist and humanitarian Cicely Tyson, a respected and honored talent in American theater and film, who has become an equally admired and dedicated activist and humanitarian. Tyson will also receive the Ideals Award in recognition of her outstanding service and commitment to Dr. King’s principles.
A native of New York, Tyson began her career in the 1950s as a fashion model. Her first film was an uncredited role in Carib Gold in 1957.
Tyson is perhaps best known for her performance in the title role of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, in which she played a slave woman ranging in age from 19 to 110 and for which she received an unprecedented two Emmy Awards. In addition, she won an Emmy for best supporting actress in the TV film The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All and was nominated for an Emmy for the NBC series Sweet Justice.
Since the mid-1970s, Tyson has been active in world affairs and humanitarian efforts. As a chairperson for UNICEF, Tyson in 1985 traveled throughout Africa on a fact-finding mission. In 1988, the president of Zimbabwe invited her to participate in a conference called “Children on the Front Line.” That same year she flew to the Ivory Coast to assist in the fund raising for the formation of the children’s organization Ndaya.
A champion for youth, Tyson each year sets aside one month to visit college campuses across the country and speak to students on such topics as human rights, education, race relations, teen pregnancy and self-esteem.
In 1996, the New Jersey Board of Education renamed an East Orange middle and high school, which has 700 primarily underprivileged students, the Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts. Tyson teaches a master class there, and says that she considers the naming one of her most meaningful accolades.
She holds a record 12 Image Awards as best actress from the NAACP and has received awards from such civil rights organizations as PUSH, CORE, the SCLC and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, among others.
In 1974, Tyson co-founded the internationally celebrated Dance Theater of Harlem. She currently serves on its board, as well as on the boards of the American Film Institute, Urban Gateways and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. A founding member of the Coalition for a Healthy and Active America, Tyson in 2002 was appointed by President George W. Bush as a commissioner of the National African American Museum of History and Culture.
In 2003, Tyson received the National Women’s Law Center Award, the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award and was a featured speaker at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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