We appreciate the outpouring of love and support upon the transition of our mother and grandmother, Ruby Dee.
A public memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, September 20th at The Riverside Church in New York at 11:00 AM. The service will feature tributes and reflections from family, friends, and colleagues who were influenced by her outstanding life and work.
As Ruby was a lifelong advocate for initiatives supporting the arts, education and civil rights, the family suggests donations be made to the following in lieu of flowers:
- The Ruby Dee Memorial Fund at Hunter College. Ruby was a proud alumna of Hunter College High School (’39) and Hunter College (’44). The memorial fund will support the renovation of the Hunter College Library, an ongoing project which is creating a new, state-of-the-art facility for today's college students. If you would like to honor Dee's commitment to public education, you may send a check payable to the Hunter College Foundation (695 Park Avenue, East 1313, New York, NY 10065). Please note on the check or in a separate note that your gift is for the Ruby Dee Memorial Fund. If you would like to donate online, please go to https://community.hunter.cuny.edu/donatenow. On the "donate now" page, go to the designation box and choose "Ruby Dee Memorial Fund" from the drop-down menu.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. To support programs of the National Arts and Letters Commission, you may send a check payable to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1707 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 20009) in memory of Ruby Dee.
- Your Local Community Theatre. If you would like to honor Ruby's lifelong commitment to theatre, you may make a donation in her name to the community theatre of your choice.
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