Timeline 1980 – Present
Ossie and Ruby form a family production company, now known as Emmalyn II Productions Company, Inc. / Dee-Davis Enterprises.
With Ossie and Ruby begins its three-season run on PBS (two in partnership with KERA in Dallas, the last season with Howard University’s WHMM).
1986 Ossie returns to Broadway in I’m Not Rappaport.
Fifth grandchild, Jammal, is born.
Ruby’s play, Zora Is My Name (first staged at Howard University) is adapted for television by PBS’ American Playhouse series.
David Dinkins becomes the first African American mayor of New York City, and Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the first African American state governor since Reconstruction.
Ruby’s children’s book, Two Ways to Count to Ten, wins a Literary Guild Award.
Ossie and Ruby co-star in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, for which they both each win an NAACP Image Award.
Sixth grandchild, Imani, is born.
Ossie and Ruby receive the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement award.
Ossie wins a Daytime Emmy award for his performance in Finding Buck McHenry.
Ruby receives her first Oscar nomination for playing Mama Lucas in American Gangster.
Barack Obama is the first African American to be elected President of the United States.