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Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee left legacy of theater and activism [Commentary]

I was talking with friends recently about the passing this year of well-known people such as Dr. Maya Angelou and Amira Baraka when one brought up the loss last month of acclaimed actor, poet, playwright and Civil Rights activist Ruby Dee. He suggested I write something about Dee, who was 91 years old when she died. I wasn't feeling another obit after writing about Angelou because it's hard seeing those go who have had such a positive impact on people's lives worldwide.

But while watching Ruby Dee this week in Spike Lee's 1989 movie, "Do the Right Thing"; and in her 2007, Oscar-nominated role, as the mother of a mobster played by Denzel Washington, in "American...