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  • Narrator Julieanna Richardson – 0:02-0:33
  • Celebrity Presenter Angela Davis – 0:34-3:37
  • Behind the Scenes – 3:38-14:35
  • Musical Tribute to 2002 HistoryMakers by Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science – 14:36-22:53
  • Celebrity Presenter Angela Davis – 22:54-23:24
  • An Evening With Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (PBS TV Show) – 23:25-1:20:10

Scholar and activist Angela Davis hosts The HistoryMakers Year in Review—2002 beginning with a description of her activist roots in Birmingham, Alabama and a contextual analysis of today’s activism as well as public acknowledgement of the role that The HistoryMakers played in securing her papers at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library. It was in 2002 that Davis would travel to Chicago to interview the legendary artist/activist couple Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee in An Evening With Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee before an audience of 1,000 attendees. 2002 would find The HistoryMakers hosting its 2nd Salute to HistoryMakers program with Terisa Griffin performing and Darryl Denard hosting and HistoryMakers in attendance from around the country.  With the help of a $240,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, 234 HistoryMakers, representing almost a threefold increase in interviews from previous years, were added to The HistoryMakers archives from northern California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North and South Dakota. WVON: The Good Ole Days of 60s Radio showcasing the history of America’s first 24 hour black radio station is followed by the first Meet the HistoryMakers—A Day of Education which brought together students and educators  with participating HistoryMakers. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage from the Day of Education and An Evening With Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, this evening program includes a musical performance made possible from the Berklee College of Music by Grammy award winning Terri Lyne Carrington + the group Social Sciences. This performance is in tribute to Angela Davis, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and those HistoryMakers interviewed in 2002. The night ends with the screening of An Evening With Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

An Evening With Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee - Special Viewing

An Evening With Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Taped: Friday, October 18, 2002

This hour-long, one-on-one interview provides a candid glimpse into the lives of actors and national treasures, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Taped on October 18, 2002 at The Art Institute of Chicago in front of a live audience, the couple was interviewed by activist and scholar Angela Davis.

Master of Ceremonies Micah Materre, WGN-TV morning news anchor, began the program speaking of the profound influence Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee had on her life. Davis and Dee begin the interview describing their involvement in political and social campaigns. They then lovingly described when they met, during the American Negro Theater’s production of Jeb, and getting married in New Jersey in 1948.

Davis and Dee then told stories of their relationship with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X as well as how they included their children in their political activism. They reflected on the connection between art and politics and offered ideas on how to encourage younger generations to work for positive change in the world.

Find more information on the program here.

Date and Time

Thursday, December 3, 2020

7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. MST/ 4 p.m. PST

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