if you ask someone to run down ruby dee's bio the first two things they will tell you is that she was married to ossie davis and was an actress. she was much more than ossie's wife and an actress. ruby dee was a poet, playwright, journalist, screenwriter, mother, sister, friend and activist. she and her husband were well-known among those in the civil rights movement. she was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); the NAACP; The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Delta Sigma Theta and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. she emceed the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. she and her husband were friends of martin and malcolm. dee gave the eulogy at malcolm's funeral. she was the recipient of the Frederick Douglass Award from the new york urban league. she went to jail in 1999, with her husband for protesting the shooting of amadou diallo.
in 2005, she was awarded - along with her late husband - the Lifetime Freedom Award. the award was presented by the national civil rights museum in memphis. she has been inducted into many halls of fames and received honorary degrees from some of the nation's most prestigious universities.
ruby dee #didthat. she lived a full life. she embodied the spirit of Proverbs 31:10, which says:
ruby dee you will be missed, but your spirit lives on in the next generation of civil rights leaders. you showed us how to use our #juice and we will do just that!