Cicely Tyson to Receive Kennedy City Honor

Cicely Tyson will join a long list of legendary entertainers when she receives this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will honor six entertainers total at the 38th annual national celebration of the arts on Dec. 6.

The actress, advocate and humanitarian is the only African American to be honored at this year’s ceremony.

“The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes the extraordinary and unparalleled talents of individuals whose impact and genius have left an indelible mark on civilization,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein in a press release. “Quite simply, our Honorees represent the voices, soundtracks, and stories of our personal lives and memories.”

Cicely Tyson’s range of strong female roles both on stage and on screen have broken boundaries for women of color. She will be recognized for her lifetime contributions to American culture through performing arts.

Cicely, along with the other honorees, will be seated alongside President & Mrs. Obama, and accept the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes.

The celebration will take place on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage and is produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been in existence since 1971. It’s roots date back to 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation creating a National Cultural Center.