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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.

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  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Bank One
  • Barbara Burrell
  • BP Amoco
  • Bonaparte Corporation
  • Chicago Community Trust
  • Citibank
  • Dollar General
  • GE Commercial Insurance
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Reynaldo Glover
  • Household International
  • Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • The Kenwood Group
  • The Koldyke Family Foundation
  • Melvin Securities
  • Michelle Collins
  • Sara Lee Corporation
  • St. Denys Foundation
  • Sophisticate's Black Hair
  • Wisconsin Energy Corporation
  • Joset Wright

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson

 

Producer

  • David Thibodeaux

Director

  • Peter Kimball

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • The Honorable John Conyers
  • The Honorable Emil Jones, Jr.
  • John Rogers, Jr.

 

Co-Chairs

  • Cheryl Blackwell Bryson
  • Barbara Burrell
  • Alison & Susan Davis
  • Martin & Patricia Koldyk

Benefit Committee Co-Chairs

  • Mavis Laing
  • Sharon Morrow
  • Joleen Spencer

Benefit Committee

  • Samuel Akainyah
  • Patricia Andrews-Keenan
  • Kate’y Assem
  • David & Jacqueline Atkins
  • Ernie Banks
  • Raymond Barbosa
  • Leslie Beller
  • Debbie Berman
  • Nancy Berman
  • Jerry Blakemore
  • Kimberly Bolden
  • William Bonaparte
  • Alfreda Bradley-Coar
  • Veda Britt-Handy
  • Payne & Priscilla Brown
  • Gwen & Charles Butler
  • Judy Byrd
  • Margaret Campbell
  • Iva Carruthers
  • Adela Cepeda
  • Hilton Clark
  • Walter Clark
  • Haven Cockerham
  • Barbara Cohen
  • Michelle Collins
  • Carmen Corbett
  • Gary Crawford
  • Elnora Daniel
  • Suzanne Daniel
  • Risa Davis
  • Kelly King Dibble
  • Veranda & Jacoby Dickens
  • Alma & Louis Dodd
  • Dillon Dolton
  • Murrell J. Higgins Duster
  • Celestine Fulchon
  • Sallie Gaines
  • Denise & Gary Gardner
  • Robert Graham
  • Robin Hall
  • Jocelyn Hamlar
  • Malcolm & Gloria Hemphill
  • George & Cheryl Haywood
  • Adele Hodge
  • Reanetta Hunt
  • Rodney Jackson
  • Eric & Pamela Johnson
  • Linda Forbes-Jones
  • Lee Koonce
  • Aly Kurti
  • Mercedes Laing
  • Connie Lindsey
  • Donna & Wilfred Lucas
  • Cheryl Mayberry
  • Lester McKeever
  • Eric McKissack
  • Donald & Gail Miller
  • Linda Riley Mitchell
  • Theodore Moran
  • Linda Murrain
  • Debra Nelson
  • NJW Technology Solutions
  • Cheryl Nolan
  • Phyllis North
  • Alice Palmer
  • Julia Perkins
  • Anita Ponder
  • Sabrina Poole
  • Ken Price
  • Quintin & Diane Primo
  • Ruth Ratny
  • Andre & Dana Rice
  • Socrates Rivers
  • Janice Robinson
  • Belkis M. Santos, Ph.D.
  • Chester Singleteary 
  • Kathy & Robert Slaughter
  • Chuck Smith
  • Deirdre Joy Smith
  • Linda Steele
  • Isabel Stewart
  • Xcylur Stoakley
  • Laurel Stradford
  • Curtis Symonds
  • Deborah Thomas
  • Abe & Launa Thompson
  • Charles & Lisa Tribbett
  • Sylvester Turner
  • Roxanne Ward
  • Allison Watson
  • Wayne Watson
  • Vernon Williams
  • Joset Wright
  • Andrea Zopp

Date and Time

Friday, October 18, 2002

Location

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
United States