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