R.I.P. Ruby Dee

Actress and activist Ruby Dee passed yesterday at the age of 91 from natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, New York. Dee started her career in film, television and Broadway in the ’40’s. She became famous for her appearances in The Jackie Robinson Story and A Raisin In The Sun. Her acting career continued to grow and she commanded roles in a variety of productions and reached new generations in two Spike Lee films and American Gangster of which she earned an Oscar nomination. Ruby Dee and her husband Ossie Davis sometimes worked together and were very active in the Civil Right Movement. They participated in Dr. King’s March On Washington and Ossie eulogized Malcolm X. She amassed a variety of honors including a Grammy, Emmy, Obie and in 2004 she and Davis received Kennedy Center Honors. Ossie Davis preceded her in death passing in 2005 and she continued to work most recently appearing in the Lifetime film, Betty and Coretta. Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, a film about Ruby and Ossie’s life together, directed by their grandson Muta Ali will premiere at the American Black Film Festival on Sunday June 22nd.