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Experience Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee

Monday, January 26, 2015
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Celebrates Black History Month with Free Film

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to join with the DC Black History Celebration Commission to present a screening of the documentary Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee on Thursday, February 12 at The Lincoln Theatre. Doors open at 6 PM and the film begins at 7 PM.  A question and answer session, featuring filmmakers Muta’Ali, grandson of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, and Nevon “NJ” Frank, will follow the screening.

In celebration of Black History Month in Washington, DC, Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, a documentary style film about love, art and activism, tells the story of one of the most enduring couples of our time, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Their achievements - as partners in a loving marriage of 57 years, as pioneers in black theater, as civil rights activists and recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors - parallel nearly a century of change in America. As the filmmaker, their grandson Ali fights to learn from and to preserve their values and wisdom. Based on candid questions, revealing conversations and never-before-seen family footage, Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee shares the knowledge of these two icons with the present generation and cements the legacy of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

"This life-affirming program celebrates the legacies of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis in a very personal way,” said Edmund C. Fleet, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The Commission consistently strives to bring arts and humanities to the District of Columbia through special events that raise our collective awareness to highlight the transformational power of the arts.”

"Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee honors two important leaders of the African American cultural community," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "Their commitment to love, art and activism, during the civil rights era and beyond, is revered through their creativity and courage as artists and activists."

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.