Published On: Wed, Jul 2nd, 2014

Actress and activist Ruby Dee to be honoured

Ruby DeeFriends, family and fans of actress and activist Ruby Dee, who died last month at the age of 91, will honour her life and legacy at a memorial service in New York in September, a family spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The friends, family and fan of the actress and activist Ruby Dee, who had died last month will be honoring her life and legacy at a memorial service in New York come this September according to a family spokeswoman.

The memorial service  to be held at the Riverside Church in Manhattan on Sept. 20 will include songs, tributes and reflections from family and colleagues of Dee, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “American Gangster” and won an Emmy in 1991 for the TV movie “Decoration Day.” Ruby Dee, had won acclaim in films, theater and television and was a notable figure in the U.S. civil rights movement along with her late husband actor Ossie Davis.  Through her performances, President Barack Obama said, the petite actress “paved the way for generations of black actors and actresses and inspired African-American women across our country.”

“Ruby was a extraordinary life force,” Terrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the family said. “People were very connected to her and to Ozzie.” She added that Dee managed to successfully use her art and activism, without compromising who she was, and her visibility to make a difference. Those are the key reasons she is being celebrated.” The memorial will be open to the public.

Denisha Sahadevan

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Actress and activist Ruby Dee to be honoured