‘The View’ kicks off Black History Month by honoring trailblazers who changed history

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ABC’s "The View" is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting tremendous accomplishments of Black men and women who changed the course of American history.

Every year, The Emmy award-winning daytime talk show identifies heroes and trailblazers who will forever stand as pillars among the Black community, and whose contributions to society are immeasurable.

This year, "The View" kicked off the first of the month by honoring the incredible career of beloved Hollywood icon Cicely Tyson, who passed away on January 28th at the age of 96.

Long-time show co-host Whoopi Goldberg honored her late friend with a touching tribute to the star.

Born in Harlem, Tyson became a pioneering Hollywood legend and civil rights leader.

With a career spanning more than six decades, Tyson forged a ground-breaking path refusing to take roles that portrayed Black women in a demeaning or negative light.

Her portrayal of the titular role in the 1974 television movie "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" earned Tyson two Emmy Awards.

Whoopie honored Tyson on her Instagram page, calling the star a “tower of power” and a “pillar of strength.”

In the past, “The View” has celebrated Black History Month by honoring Black trailblazers including Mary Elizbeth Bowser, a Union spy during the Civil War, and Bridget “Biddy” Mason, a nurse who founded the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles in 1872.

Last year, the show also honored the trailblazing Journalist Louis Lomax, who became the first person to have a TV interview with Malcolm X.

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