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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ruby Dee is an actress known for her role in such films as A Raisin in the Sun and Edge of the City. On Broadway, she starred in The Jackie Robinson Story and No Way Out. Her acting career spans over 50 years. Growing up with her father in Harlem, New York, Ruby Dee graduated from Hunter College in 1944. In 1953, she publicly denounced the government’s decision to execute Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for espionage. She has received an Emmy Award, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Dee and her second husband, Ossie Davis, a well-known actor and activist, were close friends of Dr. King. She and Davis participated in the March on Washington in 1963 and held membership in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
This news release announces plans to picket the American Jewish Congress Award Banquet held for Attorney General Robert Kennedy at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. The Attorney General is to receive an award "for advancing human freedom."
The Committee of Concerned Mothers for Mrs. Malcolm X and Family writes to Dr. King requesting the SCLC to help assist Mrs. Malcolm X and her four children in the wake of her husband's assassination.