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Angela Davis makes a special appearance to host The HistoryMakers Year in Review - 2002 and share a look back on An Evening With Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, an hour-long PBS-TV special taped at the Art Institute of Chicago in which Davis interviews and provides a candid glimpse into the lives of the iconic couple. Over 1,000 guests attend this once-in-a-lifetime interview, highlighting the incredible growth the organization had undergone in just three years. The year is abuzz—The HistoryMakers continues to expand, with the help of a Knight Foundation grant and several large corporate donations, and is even named a special collection in the Illinois State Library system. The first Meet the HistoryMakers - A Day of Education launches, bringing together students and educators from around the nation. 234 HistoryMakers, over 100 more than the previous year, are interviewed in all corners of the country from California to Pennsylvania, Minnesota to Mississippi. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV taping and other events that year, this evening program includes a never-before-seen performance by singer/songwriter Terisa Griffin, in tribute to Angela Davis and those 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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