Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory on Monday June 10, 2013 extended congratulations to actress Cicely Tyson for winning an award for her lead role in a Broadway Play.
Tyson, on Sunday June 9, 2013, for the first time in her illustrious career, won a Tony, American Theatre Wing’s highest honour, for her critically-acclaimed performance in the Broadway Play “Trip to Bountiful.”
Premier Amory’s letter of commendation reads, “It gives me great pleasure to extend to you heartiest congratulations on your recent triumph of winning the Tony award for best actress in your lead role in “Trip to Bountiful.”All of Nevis is proud of your stellar career and this crowning award on Saturday night for your role in “Bountiful.”
The letter which doubles as an invitation also reads “I take this opportunity now to formally extend to you an invitation for and on behalf of the people of Nevis to visit with us for the celebration of our 30th anniversary of independence on 19th September, 2013. Your presence here would mean a lot to our citizens and would be a great tribute to your Nevisian ancestry.”
The Premier’s invitation comes on the heels of a recent meeting between Tyson and Deputy Premier and Minister of Culture Hon. Mark Brantley, who visited New York during the time of Tyson’s performance in “Trip to Bountiful.” Brantley also congratulated her on her award-winning performance.
Cicely Tyson’s parents were originally from Gingerland, Nevis but migrated to New York.
Tyson has visited the island on two occasions, in 1983 when the new St. Kitts and Nevis National Flag was first raised to signal the country’s independence from Britain and again in January of 2004.