Smithsonian Folkways Remembers Ruby Dee (1922-2014)
Smithsonian Folkways remembers actress and civil rights advocate Ruby Dee (1922-2014), who is perhaps best known for her role in the film Raisin in the Sun. She recorded several spoken word albums for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, all of which attest to her dedication to political causes and advocacy. On the albums Every Tone a Testimony and The Original Read-In for Peace in Vietnam, she appears with her husband Ossie Davis, also an activist. Dee recorded a two-disc set entitled What If I Am a Woman?, Vol 1: Black Women’s Speeches and What If I Am a Woman?, Vol 2: Black Women’s Speeches for Folkways Records in 1977. These albums feature Dee performing speeches by pioneering African American women’s rights activists, including Sojourner Truth, Coretta Scott King, and Angela Davis.