Just as I Am - Cicely Tyson

Just as I Am

By Cicely Tyson

  • Release Date: 2021-01-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 170 Ratings


“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” –President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom 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 a 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


  • Only in a lifetime! 8-)

    By Way to go in Raleigh, NC
    Outstanding person, Soror, actress, costume designer, herbalist, hair culture trendsetter, fashionista, historian, model, civil rights activist in her own right, wife, mother, daughter, sister, godmother, friend, teacher, inspirational, truthful and I can go on. I laughed. I cried. My soul hurt. My soul was uplifted. I shouted. I praised our Heavenly Father. I was humbled. To live in the same years of this unique individual, I am truly in awe. This should be a must read for every person.
  • Wow! Ms Tyson was a powerhouse

    By DrTSJ
    This is a great book. A life’s story of love, pain, resilience, success and service by Cicely Tyson. She lifted herself and many others. This is a must read!
  • What a Blessing

    By Layla82402
    One of the best stories I have been blessed to read. God allowed Ms. Tyson enough time to finish her story and to pass her legacy on to me and others in her own words. A true blessing!!
  • This was soooo good.

    By ShinePresident__
    We really overcome by the power of testimony. To read about her upbringing, relationships, friendships, parenting and work world truly blessed me
  • Wonderfully written

    By andre000
    Written with grace and grit. A great chronicle of Ms. Tyson’s life infused with emotion without being maudlin. A bit repetitive at times, but moves along nicely. Beautiful metaphors. The last four pages, the conclusion, is absolutely poignant and stirring.
  • Integrity, Sensitivity, Power & Grace

    By SDWill
    The integrity that Cicely Tyson brought to all of her acting roles is central to this memoir. While I’ve always admired her acting for its sensitivity, power and grace, what she shares here is revelatory. Thank you, Ms.Tyson, for being.
  • A Life Well Lived

    By Essence829
    If we are blessed enough to live as long as Ms. Tyson did, may we each have a journey as beautiful as hers. Rest in Power. ✊🏾
  • Just as I am

    By MsfronieVa
    I loved this book it reminded me of who I am and who I could become as a black woman. This book encouraged me to instill hope in every black child I encounter in my life. There is no excuses for who you are.
  • Legend.

    By nurse_rena
    Indescribable. I’m thankful Ms. Tyson blessed us with this masterpiece! I’ve laughed and I’ve cried. Rest In Peace Ms. Tyson! You will be greatly missed! I highly recommend this book!
  • Just amazing.

    By qhats
    This book has so much wisdom and life lessons. I appreciate late Cicely Tyson for all her hard work in the community. See will always be remembered.