WorldCat Identities

Dee, Ruby

Works: 251 works in 1,265 publications in 7 languages and 42,637 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Biographies  Biographical films  Documentary films  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Gangster films  Nonfiction 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 )

63 editions published between 1961 and 2019 in English and held by 3,035 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 )

100 editions published between 1989 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 2,278 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 1,358 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
Do the right thing( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in English and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of the racial tensions that surround a white-owned pizzeria in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer. One of the most controversial and thought-provoking films ever made. Bonus material includes commentary with Director Spike Lee and more
Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg( Visual )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record
Their eyes were watching God : a novel by Zora Neale Hurston( Recording )

34 editions published between 1991 and 2018 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,166 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
The Jackie Robinson story( Visual )

61 editions published between 1950 and 2019 in English and held by 1,165 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 )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 1,122 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
We shall overcome by Herb Boyd( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dramatic evocation of the forever poignant and courageous struggle of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s is told in words, pictures, and the voices of participants, and is accompanied by two audio CDs
The stand by Stephen King( Visual )

23 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Millions perish, and as small, isolated frightened bands unite, the answers to their perpetual questions to justify this end of civilization are bared in their dreams--revelations that urge some to embrace a path of virtue and others one of darkness. As the opposing forces separate into two camps, the noble elements try to shield themselves from their corrupt enemy
Roots of resistance : a story of the underground railroad by WGBH Educational Foundation( Visual )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 1,028 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 )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 987 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
With Ossie and Ruby : in this life together by Ossie Davis( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 943 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 )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Portuguese and held by 920 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 )

28 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in English and held by 811 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. 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 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of violence and desire, of tenderness and compassion, so gripping and moving, which lays bare the trials and sufferings, the yearings and aspirations of three generations of an African American family. The journey of a family from the rural South to "big city" Herlem, seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather
Roots, the next generations( Visual )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 730 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
I know why the caged bird sings by Fielder Cook( Visual )

21 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 727 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
Jungle fever by Spike Lee( Visual )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2020 in English and Italian and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Afro-American architect begins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. Their relationship causes them to be scrutinised by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbours in this view of inner-city life
Lady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday by Matthew Seig( Visual )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 707 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
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Do the right thing Do the right thing
Do the right thingDo the right thingUnchained memories : readings from the slave narrativesTheir eyes were watching God : a novelTwo ways to count to ten : a Liberian folktaleWith Ossie and Ruby : in this life togetherJust causeGo tell it on the mountain
Alternative Names
Wallace, Ruby Ann