A public viewing for the late award-winning actor Cicely Tyson, who died at the age of 96 on Jan. 28, will be held this month at the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City where she was a member and attended every Sunday when she could, according to her pastor, the Rev. Calvin Butts III.
The viewing, according to her family, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church located at 132 Odell Clark Place (formerly 138th St) in Manhattan.
Butts, in his message on Sunday, remembered the Emmy award-winning, Oscar-nominated actor as a “diva with grace” who had “great faith.”
“I loved Cicely Tyson dearly. She was a dear friend to myself, to Mrs. Butts, to our entire church. I describe her as a diva with grace. She carried herself as an actor of great renown. She didn’t take a back seat to anyone. She would not prostitute her gifts. She didn’t sell herself to the highest bidder. She wouldn’t take any role just to make the dollar,” he recalled. “She sacrificed because of that, but she was a woman of great dignity, great spiritual strength, great faith.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair