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2007 Keeper of the Dream Awards Banquet

"That's what being young is all about. You have the courage and the daring to think that you can make a difference. You're not prone to measure your energies in time. You're not likely to live by equations."- Ruby Dee***

On February 23, 2007 Oakland University will have the great honor of welcoming legendary actress Ruby Dee. Ruby Dee will be the keynote speaker for the Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration which will be held in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms starting at noon. A true fighter for justice and equality, Ruby Dee exemplifies everything Dr. King believed in, this is one celebration you do not want to miss out on.

This celebration publicly recognizes Oakland University students who exemplify Dr. King’s vision and awards them scholarships for their efforts in promoting interracial acceptance and understanding.*

Ruby Dee has been a long-time staple of the stage and screen. A member of the American Negro Theatre, her noted performances on stage and film include “Ruthie” in A Raisin in the Sun opposite Sidney Poitier; “Lutiebelle” in husband Ossie Davis’ satire Purlie Victorious, and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. She and Davis appeared together on CBS’ Touched by an Angel. Dee is the author of My One Good Nerve and the joint autobiography, With Ossie and Ruby: In this Life Together.*


The banquet will be held in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms and is hosted by the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. For more information, call (248) 370-4404 or (248) 370-4908

Books by Ruby Dee:

Davis, Ossie and Ruby Dee. With Ossie and Ruby : in this life together. New York: William Morrow, 1998.

Related Books in Print at Kresge Library:

"Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.” Autobiography of a people: three centuries of African American history told by those who lived it. Ed. Herb Boyd. New York: Doubleday, 2000.

"Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.” A wealth of wisdom: legendary African American elders speak. Ed. Camille O. Cosby and Renee Poussaint. New York: Atria Books, 2004

Books and Poems Read by Ruby Dee:

Cullen, Countee. To make a poet black; the best poems of Countee Cullen. Caedmon TC 1400. (Read by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.)

Lester, Julius. To be a slave original slave narratives (read by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis; narrated by Julius Lester.) New York: Caedmon, 1972.

Online Interviews**:

Johnson, Sharon D. “The Word Workers.” Black Issues Book Review 7.3 (2005): 22-4, 26.

Meeks, Kenneth. “Backtalk with Ruby Dee.” Black Enterprise 35.10 (2005): 144.

Related Online Articles**:

Leslie, Tonya. “It's All in the Prose.(actress Ruby Dee).” Black Issues Book Review 3.1 (2001): 22.

Robinson, Lisa C. “RUBY DEE.” Footsteps 3.3 (2001): 24.

Online Biography**:

"Ruby Ann Wallace." Contemporary Authors Online. 14 Feb 2007 Thomson Gale.

"Ruby Dee". Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 14 Feb 2007 Wikipedia.

*Information taken from the Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration Flyer.

***Quote from website

Created on2/07/07 by Trista Reno / Last updated on 3/7/18 by Trista Reno
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