This Feb. 14, 2008 file photo shows Ruby Dee backstage with the Chairman’s award at the 39th NAACP Image Awards, in Los Angeles. Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, died at age 91 at home at New Rochelle, New York, on June 11. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — A public memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will be held Sept. 20 in New York.
The Terrie Williams Agency said Tuesday that the celebration of Lee’s life will be held at the Riverside Church in New York. Dee died June 11 at 91.
No details about the memorial were released but the venue is an apt one for Dee, who spent her life fighting against injustice while starring onstage and screen. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke against the Vietnam war there and speakers have included Cesar Chavez, Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.
Dee’s long career earned her an Emmy, a Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Art and an Oscar nomination for “American Gangster.”
FILE – In this Sept. 23, 1963 file photo, actors Ossie Davis, left, and Ruby Dee pose in front of the movie poster at the opening night gala of their film “Gone Are the Days!” based on Davis’ play “Purlie Victorious,” at the Trans-Lux East Theater in New York City. (AP Photo, file)