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Ossie Davis (1917-2005)

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Creator:Devaney, Sheila
Title:Ossie Davis (1917-2005)
Date:2007 Feb. 16

Encyclopedia article about Ossie Davis, a native of south Georgia and one of the most recognized and influential African American performers and activists of the late twentieth century. In addition to his work as an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and playwright, Davis, along with his wife Ruby Dee, was known for his civil rights activism. The couple, who appeared in numerous productions together, are widely credited with furthering opportunities on stage and screen for subsequent generations of black artists. Davis attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and studied drama with the Rose McClendon Players in Harlem. During World War II (1941-1945) Davis enlisted in the army and served in Liberia. After the war he worked on Broadway and in television, acting, directing, writing, and producing. He and his wife were active in the civil rights movement.

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Subjects:Davis, Ossie | African American entertainers | African American civil rights workers | United States
Collection:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Institution:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Contributors:New Georgia Encyclopedia (Project) | Georgia Humanities Council | University of Georgia. Press | Merrill-Hall New Media | GALILEO (Georgia statewide project)
Online Publisher:2007-02-16
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