June 11, 2014 Ruby Dee, actress, playwright, poet and activist, died. Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace October 27, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio but grew up in Harlem, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in 1945. She made several appearances on Broadway before gaining national recognition for her role in the 1950 film “The Jackie Robinson Story”. Dee was nominated for eight Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special for her role in the 1990 television film “Decoration Day”. She was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “American Gangster”. She and her husband, Ossie Davis, won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for “With Ossie and Ruby”. Other films in which she appeared include “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961), “Do The Right Thing” (1989), “Jungle Fever” (1991), and “A Thousand Words” (2012). Dee was a long time civil rights activist, belonging to the Congress of Racial Equality, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She was personal friends with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. She and Davis received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor bestowed on an individual artist by the United States, from President William J. Clinton October 5, 1995. They received Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in 2005. Dee received the 2008 Spingarn Medal from the NAACP and an honorary doctorate degree from Princeton University in 2009. She and Davis published their autobiography, “With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together”, in 1998.