Ruby Dee: actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist. October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014
I had the honor of meeting Ruby Dee in 2005, when I hosted the Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Awards. Paul Ruseseabagina, Oprah and Ruby Dee were the honorees.
I want to weep at the thought of that day. I remember wanting to fall to the ground, to kick and scream. I also wanted to shine and sing and fly. Without warning, an understanding emerged in me. I remembered a fuller picture of who I am that I didn’t know I had forgotten. And I am a better person for it. My life changed that day in Memphis.
I wrote a piece about my experience. Below is an excerpt that describes my moments with Ruby Dee.