Former President of us of America, Barack Obama has joined Hollywood in mourning the death of screen icon, Cicely Tyson.
NAIJASET reported that Tyson who starred in blockbuster movies during her acting career was confirmed dead on Thursday evening.
Reacting, Obama during a farewell message to the screen goddess via his Facebook account on Friday, expressed sadness over her death.
According to him, “Michelle and that I was honored when Cicely came to the White House to simply accept the Medal of Freedom knowing she was one among the various giants upon whose shoulders we stood a trailblazer whose legacy couldn’t be measured by her Emmys and Tony and Oscar alone.”
He also prayed that God will give her family the fortitude in touch with the loss.
“When Cicely Tyson was born, doctors predicted she wouldn’t make it three months due to a murmur in her heart. What they didn’t know, what they couldn’t know, was that Cicely had a heart unlike the other, the type that might not only beat for 96 more years but leave a mark on the planet that few could match.
“In her extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson was one among the rare award-winning actors whose work on the screen was surpassed only by what she was ready to accomplish off of it.
“Cicely wasn’t exactly destined for Hollywood. When she was a toddler, her mother was a hardworking and non-secular woman who cleaned houses and didn’t even let her attend the films.
“But once Cicely got her education, she made a conscious decision not just to mention her lines but to talk her truth.
“At a time when parts for actors who seemed like her weren’t easy to return by, she refused to require on roles that reduced Black women to their gender or their race. Sometimes, that meant she would go years without work.
“But she took pride in knowing that whenever her face was on camera, she would be playing a personality who was a person’s being flawed but resilient; perfect not despite but due to their imperfections.
“Across all of her performances, in legendary productions starting from “Sounder” to “The Trip to Bountiful” to “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” she helped us see the dignity within all who made up our miraculous and, yes, messy American family.
“Michelle and that I was honored when Cicely came to the White House to simply accept the Medal of Freedom, knowing she was one among the various giants upon whose shoulders we stood a trailblazer whose legacy couldn’t be measured by her Emmys and Tony and Oscar alone, but by the barriers, she broke and therefore the dreams she made possible.
“We are sending our thoughts and prayers to each member of Cicely’s family and to all or any of these who loved her. And while we are saddened that her heart finally came to a rest today, there’s comfort in knowing that she is going to always survive in ours,” he wrote.