Actress and Activist Ruby Dee Has Died

R.I.P. Ruby. Thanks for being a breath of fresh air to us. I can only imagine that Ozzie was waiting with open arms.

The Fifth Column

98687588-actress-ruby-dee-poses-for-a-photo-on-the-red-carpet-at Actress Ruby Dee on the red carpet at the Broadway Opening of ‘Fences’ on April 26, 2010 in New York City. PHOTO BY JEMAL COUNTESS/GETTY IMAGES

What a wonderful woman. She will be missed…

The Root

She lived a life of passion and commitment—to her art, to civil rights and to her husband.

Iconic actress Ruby Dee, who passed away on June 11, 2014, at the age of 91, will be remembered for her graceful presence on the stage and before the camera, but she will also be celebrated as a civil rights activist.

Born Ruby Ann Wallace on Oct. 27, 1922, in Cleveland, the award-winning star was nonetheless a true New Yorker. She and her family moved to Harlem amid the height of the Harlem Renaissance. After high school she attended Hunter College, where she discovered her love of the theater, performing in Shakespearean productions and in the play South…

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Posted on 06/12/2014, in Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

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  2. Ms. Ruby Dee, may you rest in peace His loving arms.


  3. “The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within — strength, courage, dignity.”
    Ruby Dee

    Published on June 12, 2014 by WorldMedia


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  5. Amazing Pictures. What a wonderful tribute to a dear lady. An American Icon.


    • Hey Mindy and Yahtzee!!!

      The first time I remember seeing Ruby Dee was in A Raisin in the Sun. Of all the main actors in that movie, I think Sidney Poitier is the only one still living. Time flies.


      • Here is a video on the creating of A Raisin in the Sun:


        • A look back at the original production of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” with actress Ruby Dee, the original Ruth, Ossie Davis, who took over the part of Walter from Sidney Poitier, and producer Philip Rose, who put together the original production of this deeply important American play (6/12/02)


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  7. “We have lost another Tall Tree. What a life and an example of how to live it richly. When I mentioned her from the Tony Awards stage on Sunday, it was heartfelt. She and Ossie spent time with me during the staging of the Raisin revival ten years ago, and I will never forget her passion for the play; and her example as a true American theatre artist that inspired many of us to speak through our art.

    They don’t get better than Ruby. Maya and Ruby leave us only days apart – those two women with four letter names instructed us on how to live. She will be missed but never forgotten as she lives on in many of us.”
    Director Kenny Leon.


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    • Amazing picture! Thanks Yahtzee


      • YVW, Mindy 🙂

        I continued to be amazed by all that Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis contributed during their lifetime toward making our world a better place.

        Some quotations of Ossie Davis:

        “Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change it can not only move us, it makes us move.”

        “Struggle is strengthening. Battling with evil gives us the power to battle evil even more.”

        “We can’t float through life. We can’t be incidental or accidental. We must fix our gaze on a guiding star as soon as one comes upon the horizon and once we have attached ourselves to that star we must keep our eyes on it and our hands upon the plow. It is the consistency of the pursuit of the highest possible vision that you can find in front of you that gives you the constancy, that gives you the encouragement, that gives you the way to understand where you are and why it’s important for you to do what you can do.”


        • From Ossie Davis quote above:

          “we must keep our eyes on it and our hands upon the plow.”


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  12. Awwwww…so now the other half of my favorite couple from Do The Right Thing is gone. Mother Sister’s always watching!


  13. David Piercy,
    It is totally disrespectful that you would come to this thread about the passing of Ruby Dee, and attempt to commit verbal vandalism. The content of your vile comment constitutes cyber-extortion. Haven’t you learned that those efforts were unsuccessfully tried on me, and now you dare to try the same thing on another person?

    That person prevailed in court in the restraining order case you filed against him. You have no problem telling people that the jury has spoken in the George Zimmerman case and they should accept it and move on, but yet you will not accept that a judge in a court of jurisdiction denied your case. Your case was denied for lack of evidence, lying on your petition by including two individuals who do not reside in your household, and effectively harassing the court with the continuation of filing declarations while at the same time, asking the court to delay the hearing on the plenary restraining order.

    That’s like saying, “Judge, judge. The defendant is violating the temporary restraining order and continues to harass me, but can you continue the hearing?”

    Maybe you are upset that Danny posted documents from that case, demonstrating your total lack of knowledge of motion practice.

    David, maybe you aren’t really in school to be a paralegal, or maybe you have not had the appropriate class yet, but if you are going to cite cases to support motions, please cite cases decided in the jurisdiction where the case is filed.

    Your case was filed in the Fresno Superior Court of California. When you motioned for the court to exclude screenshot evidence of your harassment on the individual you named as defendant, you cited federal cases, bankruptcy cases, cases decided in Miss. and D.C. The California court does not have to pay one second of attention to any of those cases.

    If paralegal class has not helped you, maybe you remember U.S. History involving the Civil War. One of the results of that war is that the states get to legislate their own laws. California does not have to do what Miss. and D.C. does. Oh — and the federal citations and rules of evidence only apply to cases filed in federal court. Even then it’s best to cite cases decided in the same federal district.

    There. I just gave you a free lesson in judicial procedure and jurisdiction.

    Also, do not think for one moment that the public Wi-Fi you use to continue harassment and threats cannot be traced. AT&T has special departments for that. Cricket may not like you using their service to access public Wi-Fi to violate law. Think about that and accept this as good advice. You don’t have to violate law. You choose to do so.


    • Xena – This guy is sick and deranged. Sane people don’t do things like this. Xena, was DiP ever married? I can imagine a fairly thick file of restraining orders against HIM from his spouse if he ever was. What’s his major malfunction? He claims his ‘side’ won.. so what’s he having a problem letting go of now?

      I can imagine a ‘man’ like him is not used to being bested by a female. You’ve hurt his widdle feelers and now he just can’t let go. What a sad pathetic excuse for a human being.


  14. Published Jun 12, 2014 by TVLEGENDS


  15. “Ruby Dee (Doctor of Arts)- Dartmouth 2011 Honorary Degree Recipient”


  16. ” Actress Ruby Dee Remembered For Inspirational Life”


  17. “Published on Jun 12, 2014 by Moyers & Company
    In this video from 1984, the actress and civil rights activist, who died today, talks about the ongoing racism that ‘trampled our self-esteem and numbed hope.”


  18. “Published on Jun 12, 2014 by National Fair Housing Alliance
    In 2001, Ruby Dee lent her talents to the National Fair Housing Alliance by creating this Public Service Announcement.

    We are sad to learn of Ruby’s passing and are forever grateful for the invaluable contributions she made to civil rights and fair housing in her lifetime. She will be sorely missed, but her legacy will endure.”


  19. Uploaded on Apr 10, 2008 by Johnathan X Television Director


  20. “20 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Great Miss Ruby Dee”


    “12) Dee tirelessly campaigned for civil rights. During the turbulent sixties, she and Davis joined forces with grassroots organizations and marched with the likes of such human rights titans as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and actor Harry Belafonte.

    In 1963, Dee and Davis founded the Association of Artists for Freedom, where they and other actors of the time sought social justice for such tragic cases as the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing, when four little girls lost their lives due to the racially bias climate particularly in the South.

    Dee and her husband also served as a goodwill ambassadors to Lagos, Nigeria, in the sixties and in 1989 were voted in to the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame.

    Dee was a member of the NAACP, CORE, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and Southern Christian Leadership Council.”


  21. “Ruby Dee, ideal image of a Black woman”

    There will be a public memorial service:
    “The family will have a private funeral service for Ms. Dee. A public memorial service at a later date is in the works, details of which will be announced in the future,” said family spokesperson Terrie M. Williams.


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