There was something happening out there -- mostly in New York, I gathered, as a little black girl growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 50s. I didn't understand it, but I could see and feel it, whenever I saw Ruby Dee on TV or the big screen.
African American poets gave a glimpse into what W.E.B. Dubois famously identified as 'The Souls of Black Folks.' Our students honored their poetic forbears which was also a manifesto about the importance of poetry in young people's lives.
Boris Kodjoe is charismatic, personable and knows how to work the room. He commands attention, but not in the "Hey, look at me!" kind of way. His swagger, his smile and warm, inviting demeanor make everyone take notice.
Before I tell you any more, it is better to let Muta'Ali and NJ Frank tell you why Alan Alda took time from his schedule to support the film by talking about his lifelong friendship with Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis and their love, their art and their activism.
Legacy begins with vision and is sustained with commitment and persistence. I was honored to participate in sustaining Ossie Davis's legacy. Ossie's walk continues in the footsteps of the scholars that bear his name.