Girls Write Now partnered with HarperCollins for A Conversation with Miss Cicely Tyson & Whoopi Goldberg in celebration of Ms. Tyson’s new book, Just As I Am, on Thursday, January 28, 6-7PM EST. Special guests included Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, and Tracy Sherrod who is the editorial director of Amistad (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) and led a Friday Night Salon with us earlier this month.
Mentees who attended the event had the opportunity to pay tribute to Miss Tyson as an icon and role model with their recorded messages, and received a free copy of Just As I Am, generously donated by Jan Miller of Dupree & Associates.
We’re honored to have had this opportunity to celebrate the life and work of an icon.
About the book:
“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” – President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony.
“Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” – Cicely Tyson