Longtime Activist, Poet, Actress, Playwright Ruby Dee dies at the age of 91

Ruby Dee: Photo credit blackenterprise.com Women of Power Legacy Award Winners

Ruby Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland Ohio, and inspired many as a humanitarian through seven decades of service in the world of entertainment and social activism.

Ruby Dee was often seen alongside her husband Ossie Davis until his death in 2005. Her career began in theater and she was famous for her supportive role in "A Raisin in the Sun" a play written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1957 which starred Sidney Poitier.

Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis co-hosted and co-produced several television shows and were fondly remembered as the Masters of Ceremony at the March on Washington which took place August 28, 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I have a Dream" speech.

Ruby Dee authored the children's books "Tower to Heaven" and "Two ways to Count to Ten: Liberian Folktale." She was nominated for an Oscar in her role in "American Gangster" and received several awards including an Emmy for her role in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie "Decoration Day" which aired in 1990.

June 11, 2014 Ruby Dee died in her home in Rochester New York of natural causes.

Ruby Dee will be missed by all and we are grateful for the footprints she left us throughout her journey.

Some movies Ruby Dee played in are:

Purlie Victorious - 1963

Roots: The Next Generations - 1979

Do the Right Thing - 1989

Jazztime - 1991

The Edge of the City - 2009

Video Girl - 2011

Betty and Coretta - 2013

King - 2013

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee have inspired so many as activists in the Civil rights movement and through their long career in theater and film.

What impact do you think Ruby Dee had in the world of theater and film?


i subcribe to people magazine and when they did not put the great ruby on their cover, i cancelled immediately. how could they not honor her. they didnt even put her on the side bar. what a disgrace.

Thank you for your comment, about Ruby Dee.
It can be disappointing, when you feel that a magazine doesn't give the proper coverage to someone you feel deserves it, and Ruby Dee certainly deserves it. I felt compelled to search the answer out myself and it seems People magazine did an online article about Ruby Dee, you can probably get a copy, here's what I found.


Perhaps, you should send People magazine a letter and voice your concerns.

ive always loved the great and beautiful ruby

Yes indeed and Ruby was very beautiful and very gifted. I also like the fact that she paved the way for so many.

I agree, we all must collectively build a better world and learn from those who left such a great legacy for us.

Thank you for your insight and comment.

So many of our greats are leaving this earth. It's time for the X generation to step up for a better world

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