WorldCat Identities

Dee, Ruby

Works: 220 works in 1,009 publications in 6 languages and 42,133 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Comedy films  Biography  Documentary films  Biographical films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Fiction  Gangster films 
Roles: Actor, Author, Narrator, Performer, Interviewee, Commentator, Speaker, Author of screenplay, Proofreader
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ruby Dee
Do the right thing by Spike Lee( Visual )

100 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 3,512 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
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Visual )

51 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in English and held by 3,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Chicago South Side black family experiences the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees it as the means of realizing long-nurtured dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations
American gangster by Ridley Scott( Visual )

17 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in Spanish and English and held by 1,463 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
Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents narratives by more than forty former slaves, collected by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930's, and includes sixty photos
The Jackie Robinson story( Visual )

55 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in English and held by 1,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jackie Robinson story details the heroic struggles and triumphs of the first black player in the Major Leagues
Two ways to count to ten : a Liberian folktale by Ruby Dee( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 1,164 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 )

29 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930's, journeys from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance
A thousand words by Brian Robbins( Visual )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,033 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 Gary Sinise( Visual )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,006 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 )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 905 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
Color adjustment by Marlon T Riggs( Visual )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 885 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
Just cause by Jonathan Couch( Visual )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Harvard Law School professor reopens a murder investigation on behalf of a Death Row inmate who claims he was forced by a sinister lawman to confess to a crime he didn't commit. On the surface, it seems to be a straight-ahead case of the prisoner's guilt or innocence. But nothing really lies on the surface of this mystery, set in the Florida swamplands
Go tell it on the mountain by Blind Boys of Alabama( Visual )

14 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 822 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 )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 731 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
A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Recording )

16 editions published between 1970 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play about a black family's struggle to buy a house in a white neighborhood, after the father dies. An insurance check can allow the Youngers to escape their frustrating life in a crowded Chicago apartment, but escape means different things to each family member. It deals with their attempt to maintain dignity, self-respect, and a sense of humanity
An introduction to Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston by Dan Stone( Recording )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Zora Neale Hurston's Their eyes were watching God, a novel about an independent and articulate black woman named Janie Crawford who sets out to be her own person in the 1930s
My one good nerve : rhythms, rhymes, reasons by Ruby Dee( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Do the right thing
Alternative Names
Wallace, Ruby Ann

A Raisin in the SunUnchained memories : readings from the slave narrativesTwo ways to count to ten : a Liberian folktaleTheir eyes were watching GodWith Ossie and Ruby : in this life togetherJust causeGo tell it on the mountainRoots, the next generationsA raisin in the sun