JRF Mourns the Loss of Actress and ROBIE Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Ruby Dee
Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee died on June 11, 2014. Dee was 91. Along with her husband, Ossie Davis, the award winning actress received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 2004. The couple reflected on Jackie Robinson’s legacy noting that “Jackie’s life was one of the most significant landmarks on the battlefield against the stupidity of racism.” Though best known for her co-starring role in the film “A Raisin in the Sun”, Dee first received national recognition for her role in the 1950 film “The Jackie Robinson Story. She played Jackie’s wife and JRF Founder Rachel Robinson. Jackie Robinson played himself in the biopic. “I am so sad to hear of Ruby’s passing,” said Rachel Robinson. “She and Ossie were dear friends of ours for many years. I will miss her powerful voice and incredible talent.” Ruby Dee was born in Cleveland, Ohio but was raised in Harlem. She remained active in a number of human rights causes and projects up until the last few months of her life. Her husband Ossie Davis died in 2005.