"An Afternoon with Ruby Dee" Ruby Dee


In celebration of Wright State University's Martin Luther King commemoration and the 35th anniversary of the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center

Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
Apollo Room, Student Union

Ruby Dee, noted actress, author, and activist for social justice, has appeared in more than 40 films and countless Broadway plays during a 50-year stage and screen career. Dee was acclaimed for her acting in her late husband Ossie Davis's satirical exploration of segregation, Purlie Victorious; in A Raisin in the Sun; her Ace Award-winning performance in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night; and in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. In 1965, she played Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and Cordelia in King Lear in the American Shakespeare Festival. She won an Emmy in 1991 for NBC's Decoration Day. She and Davis received a Life Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Screen Actors Guild. Tireless human rights activists, Dee and Davis were close friends of Malcolm X (whom Davis eulogized as "our own black shining prince"), and their production company produced the PBS special "Martin Luther King: The Dream and the Drum." While remaining active in social causes, Dee has still found time to write plays, musicals, poetry books, and her one-woman show, My One Good Nerve.