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A Tribute to Ruby Dee

Ongoing

Hosted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, featuring a video messsage from Harry Belafonte, with confirmed speakers including Woodie King, Darnell Martin, Michael Schultz, and Glynn Turman. Organized by Warrington Hudlin, President, Black Filmmaker Foundation

Part of the series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc.

Ruby Dee, the groundbreaking film and theater actor, had a remarkable career that began in the 1940s, continued through the Civil Rights movement, in which she played a key role both on-screen and off, and did not end until her death at age 91 in June of this year.

Her breakthrough film role was as Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. She frequently appeared on screen and stage with Ossie Davis, her husband and artistic partner for more than 60 years, and received an Oscar nomination for her role as a Harlem drug lord’s loving mother in American Gangster. This special tribute program will be presented with clips from her films and remarks by actors and directors who worked with Ruby Dee, including a video message from Harry Belafonte, and hosted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Guest speakers will include Woodie King, Darnell Martin, Michael Schultz, and Glynn Turman.

This special tribute will take place the day after her public memorial at the Riverside Church.

The Museum is honored to be part of a series of celebrations commemorating Ruby Dee, who truly changed the picture for African-Americans on screen and in society.

Tickets: $12 ($9 senior citizens and students / free for Museum members). Order online or call 718 777 6800 to reserve tickets (during regular Museum hours). For more information on membership and to join online, visit our membership page.

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