The 76-year-old actress will be recognized alongside previously announced honorees Queen Latifah, Zoe Saldana, Mary J. Blige and Gabourey Sidibe at the March 4 event at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
Tyson is to receive the Legend Award, which celebrates "pioneers who have paved the way and broken barriers for African-American actresses in Hollywood," the magazine said in a release Monday.
"Cicely Tyson is an icon who has transcended time with classic performances that have touched our hearts and made us proud," Essence Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray said in a statement. "The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon will pay homage to the outstanding work and contributions of Ms. Tyson. She is a legend because she continues in her craft with passion and integrity -- an accomplishment to which we all aspire."
Tyson was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 1972 for "Rounders" and she won two Emmys for her work in the 1974 TV production "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman."