Civil Rights Activist & Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

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(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Essence)

(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Essence)

Award-winning actress and activist Rube Dee died Wednesday in her New Rochelle, N.Y. home.

Dee was most notable for her work in the performing arts community and the civil rights movement.  She was friends with two of the most notable activists in history, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

Her accolades include the Frederick Douglass Award from the National Urban League, an Oscar nomination for her performance in American Gangster, an Emmy win in 1991 for Decoration Day as well as a GRAMMY and SAG award.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922, Dee was an acclaimed Broadway star before making an appearance in the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story.

She passed from natural causes at age 91.

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