We have lost another one of our legends.
Ruby Dee, legendary actress and civil rights activist, passed away Wednesday night at the age of 91. According to TMZ reports, Dee was surrounded by friends and family in her New Rochelle home at the time of her death.
Dee was married to fellow actor Ossie Davis and often shared the screen together, most notably in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”. It was her activism and push for civil equality that made her such an incredible power however, often marching with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. for justice.
Dee was a pioneer for African American women in Hollywood and on Broadway, including breaking barriers and inspiring a generation with her classic performance in “A Raisin in the Sun”. Her most recent role was in “American Gangster”, where she played the mother of Denzel Washington’s character.
We are saddened by the news of her passing, however we know her spirit on and off the screen will continue to live on. Rest in peace to one of the greatest of our times.
Check out a few noteworthy performances by Ruby Dee below.