New York Street Renamed In Honor Of Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson
A New York street was renamed in honor of the legendary Cicely Tyson. East 101st Street in East Harlem was renamed Cicely Tyson Way after the award-winning actress on Saturday.
A Caribbean-themed block party in honor of the actress, whose parents were immigrants from the island of Nevis, took place at East 101st Street and Third Avenue with family, friends and fans. Tyson grew up on 101st Street.
Tyson’s nephew, Reginald A. Henry, was at the renaming ceremony and was touched by how many people came out to celebrate his aunt.
“My heart is warm that so many people came out to enjoy the day,” Henry said. “Initially my grandmother didn’t want her in show business. She called it quelbe. When my aunt finally got her first recognition and award, she said, ‘See, momma, I made it.’”