Friday, February 4, 2011

Ruby Dee

Our next pioneer is the talented Ruby Dee.

She was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27th, 1924 in Cleavland, Ohio; however she was raised in Harlem, New York. She went to Hunter College High School and later graduated from Hunter College in 1945 with degrees in Spanish and French. Dee played several roles on Broadway before gaining notable recognition in the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story. Over the years, she has played leading roles alongside Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington in addition to winning and being nominated for several awards. Titled an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist, Dee is recognized as helping pave the way for young African-American actors and filmmakers. For this, WE SALUTE YOU!


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