According to New York Amsterdam News, on Saturday the northeast corner of 123rd Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Harlem was renamed in honor of famed acting and civil rights couple Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (Purlie Victorious, Countdown At Kusini, Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever).
The Dwyer Cultural Center hosted the ceremonial unveiling of ‘Ruby Dee Place’ and ‘Ossie Davis Way’. Dee and Davis’ children, Nora Day Hasna Muhammad and Guy Davis, attended the event, as did the Rev. Al Sharpton, former New York City mayor David Dinkins, Assemblywoman Inez Dickens and State Sen. Brian Benjamin.
The Dwyer opened its gallery to the public to view an exhibit dedicated to Dee and Davis with numerous storyboards displayed related to the work of the couple and Cliff Frazier. The public also participated in a community mosaic mural.
Source: article via goodblacknews.org
Thank you. What an honor and a beautiful tribute.
This is well deserved.
Ossie and Ruby are icons in African-American culture of a certain age, and deserve to be immortalized for the future generations to know, honor and love, like we do! This is great! We must support it with education and celebration!
They are the original Harlem Renaisance persons who started everything in Harlem back in the 40’s plus. They are ICon “s in their rights. Pretty spectacular. Black people are so FLY !!!!!!!….
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