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2007 News Releases

January 16, 2007

Donna Silberberg
Molly Charboneau
Rudy Orozco

DC 37 to host Ruby Dee at Jan. 29th Author's Talk program

She will discuss and sign her new book "Life Lit by Some Large Vision: Selected Speeches and Writings of Ossie Davis"

District Council 37's Education Fund will host legendary actor, author and political activist Ruby Dee at its next Author's Talk program at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 29 at the union's headquarters, 125 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. She will discuss and sign her new book about her late husband and partner (in life and in work): "Life Lit by Some Large Vision: Selected Speeches and Writings of Ossie Davis."

Actor, playwright and civil rights leader Ossie Davis died in 2005, but this posthumous collection of his writing - including speeches, essays, eulogies and letters - reminds us that his legendary voice remains vital. Whether writing about the power of the theatre or the power of the people, Davis was gifted with ability for remarkable, courageous speech. Ruby Dee captures his spirit in the book, for which she wrote the introduction.

"We are proud and honored that Ruby Dee will be with us to discuss this wonderful new work," said DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts. "She and Ossie Davis have been role models as activists and artists for generations. This book will help keep that shining example alive for generations to come."

Ruby Dee was last at DC 37 for a book talk in September 2000, when she and Ossie Davis spoke about the "Freedomways Reader: Journal of the Civil Rights and Freedom Movement 1961-1986."

DC 37 is New York City's largest public employee union, representing 121,000 members and 50,000 retirees.



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