This is in a long line of firsts for Tyson. She discussed how she's tried to use her career as a way to discuss issues about race or women.
I wanted to address certain issues, and I chose to use my career as my platform-- just by simply ruling out what I wouldn't do, the type that, you know, is great for making money for producers, but does nothing to enhance the race itself, or women.
Tyson has certainly done that with iconic roles in Sounder, Roots and her Emmy-winning performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Tyson continues to contribute beyond her acting choices. Every chance she can get, she works with the students at the Cicely L. Tyson School for the Performing Arts in New Jersey.
The Trip to Bountiful opens on April 23 and runs until June 30. Watch the full CBS interview with Tyson below.