WorldCat Identities

Dee, Ruby

Works: 245 works in 1,111 publications in 7 languages and 40,792 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Biographical films  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Biography  Fiction  Gangster films  Documentary films 
Roles: Actor, Narrator, Author, Performer, Interviewee, Commentator, Speaker, Author of screenplay, Proofreader, Other
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Ruby Dee
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Most widely held works by Ruby Dee
A Raisin in the Sun by Daniel Petrie( Visual )

59 editions published between 1961 and 2019 in English and held by 3,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations
Do the right thing by Spike Lee( Visual )

93 editions published between 1989 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 2,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tensions are growing, with the only local businesses being a Korean grocery and Sal's Pizzeria. Mookie is Sal's delivery boy. Radio Raheem has the letters of love and hate written on his hands. He is defiant and together with a motivated Buggin Out, push Sal and his sons to their breaking point. The cops intervene, using force and brutality to apprehend the large Radio Raheem. He is unwilling to succumb to the over-excessive brutality of the police and the racist views of Sal and his family. The overzealous police officers don't understand the repercussions of the violence they just unleashed. The neighbors band together to protest this extreme form of pure, toxic bigotry. Mob mentality takes over and the other local non-African American store owners become threatened. Tempers flare and rage is in the air
American gangster by Ridley Scott( Visual )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a true story, American Gangster is the story of two men: Frank Lucas, former driver, bouncer, and collector for Bumpy Johnson, the so-called Robin Hood of Harlem; and Richie Roberts, night-school lawyer, detective, and honest cop. Frank is importing heroin direct from Bangkok--by-passing the Italian and Sicilian mafia--undercutting their prices, delivering superior product, and making a fortune. Richie, loathed by cops on the take for turning in a million bucks in unmarked bills found in a suspects car, is heading a newly formed Federal investigation force for narcotics, tasked with finding and arresting North American drug kingpins. These two men are destined to meet, a meeting that will change their lives
The Jackie Robinson story( Visual )

59 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in English and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biographical picture about Jackie Robinson's life and role in baseball
Two ways to count to ten : a Liberian folktale by Ruby Dee( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retelling of a traditional Liberian tale in which King Leopard invites all the animals to a spear-throwing contest whose winner will marry his daughter and succeed him as king
Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston( Recording )

35 editions published between 1991 and 2018 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet the unforgettable Janie Crawford, an articulate black woman in the 1930s. Traces Janie's quest for identity, through three marriages, on a journey to her roots
Do the right thing by Spike Lee( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise, "--Container
We shall overcome by Herb Boyd( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An entire generation of Americans faced the lynching of teenager Emmett Till, the murder of four girls at church, and the denial of basic liberties like voting rights, equal education and political representation. This is their story. We Shall Overcome is a gripping chronicle of the words and voices of the civil rights movement. From stirring speeches to the voices of hate, this collection brings to life the battle for justice and equality that shook America to its core. We Shall Overcome brings you there - from the schools to the sit-ins, from Little Rock to Selma, from the pulpit to the marches. American Book Award winning author Herb Boyd tells the dramatic stories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, Stokely Carmichael, Ella Baker and activist groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Black Panthers. In words, photos and on two accompanying audio CDs, you'll witness the courageous and controversial stories that defined America's civil rights movement. -- From dust jacket
Roots of resistance : a story of the underground railroad by WGBH Educational Foundation( Visual )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the story of the underground railroad through narratives of escaped slaves. Includes interviews with descendants of slaves and slave holders of Somerset Place, a plantation in North Carolina, who describe the personal danger and terrible risk involved in each slave's departure
A thousand words by Eddie Murphy( Visual )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fast-talking Jack McCall says whatever it takes to close a deal. After stretching the truth with a spiritual guru, he suddenly finds his life depending on a magical tree with 1,000 leaves, one for every word he has left. Now Jack's got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he's a goner
The stand by Mick Garris( Visual )

17 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and German and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally aired as a television mini-series, this all-star filmization of Stephen King's gripping epic of good versus evil chronicles the episodic adventures of a disparate group of people who struggle to reestablish civilization after a man-made catastrophe wipes out most of the world's population. The world abruptly ends when a deadly virus accidentally escapes from a government sponsored biological warfare laboratory. Soon people are dropping like flies from the plague
With Ossie and Ruby : in this life together by Ossie Davis( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement."--Jacket
Just cause by Jonathan Couch( Visual )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Portuguese and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Harvard Law School professor reopens a murder investigation on behalf of Death Row inmate Bobby Earl who claims he was forced to confess to a crime he didn't commit. On the surface, it seems to be a clear-cut case of guilt. But as new evidence is uncovered, it quickly becomes apparent nothing is as clear as it seems. Set in Florida swamplands
Color adjustment by Marlon T Riggs( Visual )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study of prejudice and perception traces over forty years of race relations in America through the lens of prime time TV entertainment. Black actors Esther Rolle, Diahann Carroll, Denise Nicholas, and Tim Reid and Hollywood producers Norman Lear, Steve Bochco and David Wolper reveal the behind-the-scenes story of how prime time was "integrated." Revisiting such popular hits as Amos and Andy, Beulah, The Nat King Cole Show, Julia, I Spy, Good Times and Roots, viewers see how bitter racial conflict was absorbed into the non-controversial formats of the prime time series
Go tell it on the mountain by Five Blind Boys of Alabama( Visual )

16 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To be Black in America. To seek both salvation and understanding in the journey of a family from the rural South to 'big city' Harlem. To be a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather."
Roots, the next generations( Visual )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the Haley family from the post-Civil War era until the more contemporary but still turbulent time of the 1960s and '70s, when Alex himself begins his research into the discovery of his roots
Lady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday by Matthew Seig( Visual )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sparkling documentary features rare TV and movie clips, along with commentary by a stellar group of jazz instrumentalists and singers who knew her well. DVD
Jungle fever by Spike Lee( Visual )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black architect begins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. Their relationship causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors
I know why the caged bird sings by Fielder Cook( Visual )

19 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Maya leads a precarious existence in racist, Depression-era Arkansas, where she is shunted between her grandmother's house and mother's--where she is raped--and withdraws into total silence. She endures to share her realization in her valedictory address: "In order to lift your voice, you have to lift your head."
A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Recording )

17 editions published between 1970 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play about a black family's struggle to buy a house in a white neighborhood, and their attempt to maintain dignity, self-respect, and a sense of humanity
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Do the right thing Do the right thing
Do the right thingTwo ways to count to ten : a Liberian folktaleTheir eyes were watching GodDo the right thingWith Ossie and Ruby : in this life togetherJust causeGo tell it on the mountainRoots, the next generations
Alternative Names
Wallace, Ruby Ann