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    #R.I.P to actress #RubyDee. Civil rights activist, the first black woman to play lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, Lifetime Achievement Award and a host of other awards and notable achievements. She is survived by three children: Nora, Hasna and Guy, and seven grandchildren. "The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity." - Ruby Dee

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    Ruby Dee (born 27 October 1924) was an Academy Award nominated American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were

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    Rest In Peace, Ruby Dee. The award winning actress, writer, and activist was prominent in both the entertainment world; she was last nominated for an Academy Award for her role in American Gangster; and the civil rights movement; as a friend of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X and recipient of the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the National Urban League. She worked hard to make a positive impact on the world and will be remembered by all for decades to come.

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"Negro" in its denotative meaning is derived from the Coptic word, Negus meaning King. It is a title for emperors of Ethiopia. [Amharic ngus, from Classical Ethiopia ngu, King, ruler, verbal adjective of naga, to rule, become king; see ng in Semitic roots.] DENOTATIVE (d-nt-tv, dn-t) adj. 1. Denoting or naming; designative. 2. Specific or direct: denotative and connotative meanings. #BlackHistory

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Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.