"Ossie Davis, a native of south Georgia, was 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."--"Ossie Davis (1917-2005)," New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 1, 2004: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org.