12 Jun 2014
The marquees of Broadway will dim for one minute at 7:45 PM June 13 in memory of Broadway veteran, Oscar-nominated actress and civil rights activist, Ruby Dee, who passed June 9.
Dee was 91 years old, an actress, playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her Broadway credits included Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, A Raisin in the Sun, The Smile of the World, A Long Way From Home, Jeb, Anna Lucasta, and South Pacific. Dee earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the 2007 film "American Gangster." She is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors, among numerous other awards including an Emmy and a Grammy.
She was married to the late performer Ossie Davis, who passed in 2005.
In addition to her work as a performer, Dee was a prominent figure in the black civil rights movement - fighting primarily to save the rights of blacks in the entertainment industry. She and husband Davis served as masters of ceremonies for the historic 1963 March on Washington.
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