Ruby Dee had impressive versatility as an actress in Broadway dramas, TV soap operas and movies that included Buck and the Preacher (1972) and Do the Right Thing (1989). Dee, who passed away on June 12 at age 92 in New Rochelle, N.Y., had an equally impressive career as a civil rights activist. She and her husband of nearly six decades, actor Ossie Davis, spoke out in the 1950s against McCarthyism; organized a campaign to press the government to restore the revoked passport of actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson; served as masters of ceremonies for the entertainment portion of the 1963 March on Washington; and demonstrated against segregation in the south and against the Vietnam War. Here she is in 1969, in reading the names of African-American men killed by police.
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