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Legendary activist and actress Ruby Dee, 91, born Ruby Wallace, died Wednesday night in her suburban home at 10:30 p.m.
According to Reuters, Obama praised the Harlem-raised women, saying she “paved the way for generations of black actors and actresses, and inspired African-American women" across the country.
In his written statement, Obama mentioned the roles Ruby took part in “captivated and challenged us.” Such roles include Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun to Mama Lucas in American Gangster.
Obama also acknowledged Dee’s work as an African American woman activist. “Through her leadership in the civil rights movement she and her husband, Ossie Davis, helped open new doors of opportunity for all." He also made sure to mention that his family's thoughts and prayers were with the friends and family of the deceased.
The president also indicated he and his wife Michelle “will never forget seeing her on our first date as Mother Sister in Do the Right Thing," said USA Today.
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