Quotes on the passing of Ruby Dee

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • Associated Press
  • June 12, 2014 - 4:05 PM

"Ruby Dee was a phenomenally rare artist and a jewel to our nation and community. I was privileged to work on several civil rights cases with her and her husband Ossie Davis. She was as committed to social justice as she was to the screen and stage. She will be greatly missed. " — The Rev. Al Sharpton.


"We have lost another Tall Tree. What a life and an example of how to live it richly. When I mentioned her from the Tony Awards stage on Sunday, it was heartfelt. She and Ossie spent time with me during the staging of the Raisin revival ten years ago, and I will never forget her passion for the play; and her example as a true American theatre artist that inspired many of us to speak through our art. They don't get better than Ruby. Maya and Ruby leave us only days apart - those two women with four letter names instructed us on how to live. She will be missed but never forgotten as she lives on in many of us." — Director Kenny Leon.


"I'm crushed by this bad news and I know Ruby has already been embraced in a warm loving hug from her life partner of 57 years — Mr. Ossie Davis. It has been one of my great blessings in life to work with two of the finest artist and activist — Ruby and Ossie... The both of you told us 'to always do the right thing.' — Spike Lee.

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