Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee
Artists - Activists - Love
“For more than 50 years, our journey has taken us to theaters, sound stages, and audio booths – as well as to union halls, schools, college campuses, and the streets – where we’ve hob-hearted and hobnobbed with some beautiful people. Along the way we have seen, heard, and learned many things that have cascaded unforgettably over our lives – things too precious not to share.” –Ruby Dee
I was introduced to Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee as a youngster in two films by Spike Lee “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever” and have been a fan ever since. Although Mr. Davis has departed us, I am still today inspired by their story.
Two artists, two activists and two lovers.
It is currently Black History Month and now Valentine’s Day. I wanted to highlight both in one post.The pair, whom married in 1948, has an outstanding resume both on and off the stage. I will not cover all of their works here but I will name a few of my favorites:
Malcolm X (1992)
The Ernest Green Story (1993)
Miss Evers' Boys (1997)
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First Hundred Years. (1999)
Before marriage I often daydreamed about a romance that could last the test of time like Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. With marriage on the decline and divorce at an all time high its nice to see images of ourselves in grace and in love.
Although the private details of their marriage are between them (as it should be), I would not be honest if I did not say that I aspire to have a marriage that was viewed in the public similarly.
To learn more about their careers and activism, click here.
Talk to you later lovelies,
~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random