Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee

Resources & Links

Online Transcripts & Interviews

Archive of American Television, Interview with Ossie Davis, 1999
Archive of American Television, Interview with Ruby Dee, 2000
NPR Morning Edition 2001 Interview with Ruby and Ossie
Democracy Now interview with Ossie at anti-war protest, 2003
Ruby with Alicia Keys on Iconoclasts, 2007

Dee-Davis Links

Ossie & Ruby YouTube Channel

Ossie & Ruby's Family

Guy Davis | Hasna Muhammad and Crumb Navigation | Muta’Ali and Life’s Essentials

Recommended Websites

W.E.B. Du Bois | Sterling Brown | Alain Locke
Marcus Garvey | A. Philip Randolph Exhibit
Moe Foner (Notable New Yorkers)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute | Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Harlem History | Actors’ Equity Timeline
National Memorial Day Concert | Third World Press
African American World | Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks


The Billie Holiday Theatre | Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre
National Black Theatre Festival | New Heritage Theatre Group
Crossroads Theatre Company | The H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players
Amas Musical Theatre | Black Spectrum Theatre | Ensemble Studio Theatre
NTAR Theatre | National Black Theatre | Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre

Favorite Readings

Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings | edited by Philip Foner
W.E.B. Du Bois: A Reader | by David Levering Lewis
The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance | by Alain Locke
Here I Stand | by Paul Robeson
The Autobiography of Malcolm X | by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
I Love Myself When I Am Laughing…A Zora Neale Hurston Reader | edited by Alice Walker
The Chosen Place, The Timeless People | by Paule Marshall
To Be Young, Gifted and Black | by Lorraine Hansberry
Letter to My Daughter | by Maya Angelou
Black Cinema Treasures: Lost and Found | by G. William Jones
The Impact of Race: Theatre and Culture | by Woodie King
Living for Change: An Autobiography | by Grace Lee Boggs
Conversations in Maine: Exploring Our Nation’s Future | by James and Grace Lee Boggs
Not For Bread Alone: A Memoir | by Moe Foner
A Song of Social Significance: Memoirs of an Activist | by Dorothy Epstein
Things Overheard While Talking to Myself | by Alan Alda
You Can’t Do That on Broadway! | by Philip Rose
Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood | by Donald Bogle

Featured Movie—A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry's play is given sensitive treatment by filmmaker Daniel Petrie (The Bay Boy). Sidney Poitier heads a fine cast in the story of an African American family in Chicago who are struggling with mixed aspirations, not enough money, conflicts over religion, and institutional racism. The film is pretty much set-bound (as plays adapted for the screen sometimes are), but the drama is intense and moving.
—Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

"Moe Foner’s fervent life mirrors the fervent years of our country. His is the drama of a gallant, passionate scrapper in the never-ending battle of civil and human rights. A deeply moving memoir.”
—Studs Terkel