Friday, February 04, 2005

R.I.P. Actor and Activist Ossie Davis (1917-2005)

The world has lost a true hero:

from The HistoryMakers

"Writer, director, actor and producer Ossie Davis established
a phenomenal career, remaining throughout a strong voice for
artists rights, human dignity and social justice.

Davis was a leading activist in the civil rights era of the 1960s.
He joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the crusade for jobs and
freedom and to help raise money for the Freedom Riders. He
eulogized both King and Malcolm X at their funerals.

Davis received innumerable honors and citations throughout
his life, including the Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Artistic
Achievement in 1989, the U.S. National Medal for the Arts in 1995,
the New York Urban League Frederick Douglass Award, NAACP
Image Award, and the Screen Actor's Guild Lifetime Achievement
Award in 2001. He enjoyed a long and luminous career in
entertainment along with his wife. They recently published a
joint autobiography, With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together.

Davis passed away on February 4, 2005, at the age of 87."

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