Ruby Dee on the Psyche of Black America

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Ruby Dee on the Psyche of Black America

The actress and civil rights activist passed away yesterday at the age of 91

The award-winning actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee died today [yesterday, June 12] at the age of 91. Dee’s career spanned seven decades, and her film credits include The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Do the Right Thing (1989) and American Gangster (2007).

In 1984, Dee and her late husband Ossie Davis joined Bill for a two-hour special, The Second American Revolution, about the civil rights struggle, an issue the couple knew well. They were master and mistress of ceremonies at the 1963 March on Washington, and were friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

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