Posted: February 15, 2011 by Jay Rasean in Kasual
Ossie and Ruby

Today is the second consecutive day that I have decided to feature two prominent African-Americans instead of one in my daily features–don’t worry I won’t run out. In honor of valentines days I’ve chosen to channel true love in the form of the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The African-American, Hollywood couple enjoyed 56 years of holy matrimony until Ossie’s passing in 2005.

Ossie and Ruby met in New York City while performing in the Broadway drama Jeb” at the Amsterdam Theater on broadway. Just three years later on December 9, 1948, the two were married.

These two individuals were an overwhelming symbol of black love. Their relationship is something that I can imagine wasn’t perfect at times–who’s is, but I am sure their bond was like no other. The love, compassion, and overall respect for each other’s careers, was highly apparent. Before Will and Jada, there was Ossie and Ruby.

A quote regarding the two’s pending burial arrangements:

“Cremation after a public ceremony, and then, into an urn. A special urn, large enough and comfortable enough to hold both our ashes. Whoever goes first will wait for the other. When we are united at last, we want the family to say good-bye and seal the urn forever. Then on the side, in letters not too bold-but not too modest either-we want the following inscription: ‘Ruby and Ossie-In This Thing Together'”

They were indeed, in this thing together. Mr.Ossie Davis, and Ms. Ruby Dee are classic examples of longevity in references to their lengthy careers and to their everlasting love. In today’s world, black couples don’t seem to last more than a year, but Ossie and Ruby went the distance. These two lovebirds proved that true love does not get old, just becomes an unbreakable bond. Their love IS a template for generations to come and they are the legitimate reason for why, not only black history should be celebrated year ’round, but also, love(K*W)


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