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Daughter of Nevisian immigrants, actress Cicely Tyson, was yesterday presented a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at a star-studded event in the East Room of the White House.
“Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, very personal way,” Obama said at the event as he honored 21 luminaries including Tyson.
Honored along with the 91-year-old award-winning Caribbean roots actress were Michael Jordan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Diana Ross and Kareem Abdul-Jabba among others.
Tyson was born and raised in Harlem, the daughter of Frederica, a domestic, and William Tyson, who worked as a carpenter, painter, and at any other jobs he could find. Her father arrived in New York City at age 21 and was processed at Ellis Island on August 4, 1919.
Tyson’s career began as a fashion model after she was…
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