Late legendary actor, author and activist Ruby Dee is being honored with a public memorial celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20 at The Riverside Church at 11 AM.
The service will feature tributes and reflections from family, friends and colleagues influenced by her life and work.
Among those giving tributes include Angela Bassett, S. Epatha Merkerson, Phylicia Rashad, Lynn Whitfield and Mayor David Dinkins. Musical tributes are being given by Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis and Audra McDonald.
Actor Harry Belefonte will eulogize Dee.
Making her transition on June 11 at the age of 91, Dee was a lifelong advocate for initiatives supporting the arts and education.
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.
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 a local community theater.