I have built a home
If I leave any thought behind, it is that. We were in this thing together, so let’s love each other right now. Let’s make sense of things right now. Let’s make it count somehow right now, because we are in this thing together.
R.I.P. Oscar-Nominated Acting Legend and Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee, best known for her role in 1961’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and latterly for her Oscar-nominated turn as Denzel Washington’s mother in 2007’s “American Gangster,” died Wednesday in New York. She was 91.
I never remember, like saying, ‘I’m gonna join the civil rights movement’—that’s all I knew all my life, some aspect of it, even before it was called the civil rights movement.
When I first, years ago, saw my first picture of black men hanging from trees, well, I could scarcely know the meaning of things. Or I remember things that stuck in my head, this family strung up and the woman was pregnant and they opened the belly up, the baby had fallen out…so I can’t say I joined [the civil rights movement]; I was born into.
Racism is a disease of democracy. Our country could be one of the greatest that God ever imagined, were it not for this thing of racism….This grand experiment that is America is tainted by racism and bigotry, and these kinds of hatreds…This ridiculous thing of racism.