Ruby Dee

Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence and support those in need. It was founded by 22 women: Osceola Macarthy Adams, Marguerite Young Alexander, Winona Cargile Alexander, Ethel Cuff Black, Bertha Pitts Campbell, Zephyr Chisom Carter, Edna Brown Coleman, Jessie McGuire Dent, Frederica […]

The late Ossie Davis and his wife Ruby Dee were one of Black Hollywood’s greatest love stories. The legendary, actor, author, playwright, poet, and civil rights activist was born Raiford Chatman Davis in South Georgia’s Clinch County on  December 18, 1917.  Raised in the rural south, Davis and his family faced severe discrimination and threats […]

Dr. Hasna Muhammad, daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, discussed the Ossie Davis scholarship fund with the TJMS. Since the scholarship was introduced in 2007, over $50,000 has been awarded to students. In conjunction with Ossie’s 100th birthday, the Ossie Davis Centennial Scholarship will be open to graduate students and they will give a larger sum of […]

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was memorialized Saturday in poetry, dance and song at a packed Harlem cathedral where Alicia Keys sang her song “Superwoman,” Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House. The three-hour celebration of […]

A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald, reflections by former New York Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez, and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte, reports the AP. The celebration of Lee’s life will be held at the Riverside Church in New York […]

NEW YORK (AP) — A public memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will be held Sept. 20 in New York. The Terrie Williams Agency said Tuesday that the celebration of Lee’s life will be held at the Riverside Church in New York. Dee died June 11 at 91. No details about the […]

Ruby Dee (pictured) passed away at 91, and she was truly a grand dame. She not only graced the large and small screens but the…

06/13/14 – Roland Martin talks to film director Spike Lee about the life of the  legendary movie legend, Ruby Dee. The two first worked together on Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’. “I often think of her and Ossie as one. They were black royalty. I thought of her as my spiritual artisic mother. She was a […]

Stage, film and television actress Ruby Dee has died. The Harlem native, 91, died at home in New Rochelle, N.Y. this past Wednesday, and a nation mourns one of the greatest and most celebrated actresses of all time. Dee honed her craft at the American Negro Theater alongside fellow future stars Harry Belafonte and Sidney […]

We're losing so many greats: Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou and now Ruby Dee. Hoping we honor their legacy, as we stand on their shoulders.— Midwin…