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Public memorial service for Ruby Dee to be held this fall

7/1/2014, 3:05 p.m.
Ruby Dee

The life of legendary stage and screen actress Ruby Dee is being celebrated with a public memorial service in the fall.

Dee's family announced Tuesday that she will be honored with a celebration on Saturday, September 20 at The Riverside Church in New York at 11am. The service will feature tributes and reflections from family, friends, and colleagues who were influenced by her life and work.

Making her transition on June 11 at the age of 91, Dee was a lifelong advocate for initiatives supporting the arts, education and civil rights. In her memory, the family suggests that donations be made to the Ruby Dee Memorial Fund at Hunter College, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. or your local community theater.

With a career spanning several decades, Dee is best remembered for her roles in “Raisin in the Sun” and “American Gangster,” which earned her an Oscar nomination.

Along with her late husband, actor Ossie Davis, she was also a civil rights activist.