Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson was born in New York City. Tyson has starred in many groundbreaking television and films roles involving the Black experience in America, including Roots, Sounder, and A Woman Called Moses, in which she portrayed abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Her performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman won her two Emmy Awards in 1974.
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