In honor of Ossie Davis 100:

A Centennial Celebration of the Author, Actor, Activist December 18, 2017-December 18, 2018

The United Negro College Fund announces its search for the
Centennial Scholar for the
Ossie Davis Legacy Award

When Ossie Davis walked from Georgia to Howard University,
he had $10 that his mother had saved pinned to his underwear.

The Ossie Davis Legacy Award will provide $10,000
to the deserving student who uses art as activism.

For application information, go to

Ossie Davis

The way to love all women is to love one woman well.
Ossie Davis

Biography Credits

Ossie & Ruby

Ruby Dee

The kind of beauty I want is the hard to get kind that comes from within.
Strength, courage, and dignity.
Ruby Dee

Biography Credits

Legacy Timeline

This timeline is not merely a list of a personal dates related only to Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Ossie and Ruby always tied their lives—and ours—to The Struggle and to the larger vision of freedom and equality. It makes sense for this timeline to provide an historical context that allows us to know our place in the line of march; to connect, remember, and appreciate the shoulders on which we stand.



This is the captivating, inspiring autobiography of a star couple who've celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, a beloved and revered couple cherished not just for their acting artistry but also for their lifelong commitment to civil rights, family values, and the black community.

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