My heart fell at news of the passing of Ruby Dee. She was beautiful and graceful, witty and intelligent, a trailblazer and an inspiration, an icon … and a legend. There are so many moments she’s allowed us to share with her over the years. She and her late husband, Ossie Davis, had a profound impact in entertainment, and in social activism. When you observe someone with that sort of spark, that selflessness, that ability to share themselves to make a difference for so many others, it is an amazing thing. What’s more amazing to me, however, is to know the high esteem she reserved for her family. As a mother, I was personally touched to see that out of all of her incredible accolades, her attempts to better humanity, to make us think and do better, she held in highest regard those closest to her. That lesson, in my opinion, when observing the richness of her life, is one of the most valuable things we can take away.
“The most important thing in my life is family. Not career, not anything else. Family.” — Ruby Dee
Rest in Peace.