Hail Mi Irieites,
Let’s take a minute to pause and remember Ruby Dee – civil rights activist first and actress second.
Dee and her late husband Ozzie Davis were well-known civil rights activists. She was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Both Dee and Davis were both friends of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, with Davis giving the eulogy at Malcolm X’s funeral in 1965. In 1970, she won the Frederick Douglass Award from the New York Urban League. In 1999, Dee and Davis were arrested at the headquarters of the New York Police Department, protesting the police shooting of Amadou Diallo.
Steel Pulse were honored to share a moment where our lives intersected – through Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing.
Bless you Mother Sister… R.I.P.