“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. Here, 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
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With her iconic roles in movies like Sounder and the miniseries Roots, Cicely Tyson was an inspiration to audiences all over the world. Yet the groundbreaking Black actress rarely spoke up about her private life. In this intimate autobiography, published just two days before her death at age 96, Tyson guides us through her personal journey, from her impoverished childhood as the daughter of stylish, uncompromising West Indies immigrants to her rise to world-renowned model and performer. We were enraptured by Tyson’s candor about her struggle to support her daughter early on, and by stories that illustrate how her irrepressible faith and curiosity led to her award-winning career. Tyson’s poise and wit are captured beautifully by narrator Robin Miles, with help from Oscar winner Viola Davis, who reads the audiobook’s forward, and an intro provided by none other than Tyson herself. Just As I Am is a poignant testament to a woman who changed the face of American culture—both literally and figuratively.