My feelings confirmed and worded by Rahiel Tesfamariam,
"We're losing them one by one. Heaven, please be patient. We still need time to gather ourselves. Their shoes are too big to fill. Their handbags too heavy to carry. Their spirits too rare to replace. Thank you, Ruby Dee."
Born in 1922, Ruby Dee passed at the age of 91 years old. She made such an impact and not just on Broadway or in film, but as a civil rights activist, a poet, a loving wife of 57 years to forever -- It was impossible to hear about her passing without thinking about the love she and her husband, the late Ossie Davis, shared and illuminated the world.
We remember Ruby Dee and her amazing life that called for "the hard-to-get kind of beauty from within, that of strength, courage, dignity."
May we learn from the life she lived, click:
~Remembering Ruby Dee~
by Ruby Dee
Calling All Women Calling all sisters. Calling all righteous sisters. Calling all women. To steal away To our secret place.
Have a meeting Face to face. Look at the facts And determine our pace. Calling all Women.
We want to reach – first and second And Third world women
Women in and outside the power structure – Working women,
Welfare women, Women who feel alienated and isolated
Women who are all frustrated Women who have given up – women – women Questioning women – women Unpolarized and unorganized. Ostracized. Tired of being penalized Come help us start to bridge the gaps Racial, cultural, or generation We want some action and veneration. These men, these men they Just ain’t doing it. They’ve had hundreds of years Now they ‘bout to ruin it. Kitchen, office, ex-prison women Old and young and middle-aged women Make this scene Oh yes, and bring your lunch! Problems, problems common problems That we make and cause each other Sister, daughter, old grandmother Female child you can bring our little brother Take the subway, grad a cab Saddle your mule Bike it, limo Take a choo-choo, fly Or pick ‘em up and lay ‘em down. Socialism, capitalism, communism Feminism, womanism, lesbianism Here-and-now or futurism
We just can’t afford a schism We got to get together or die. Now is the time for an evolution Let’s all search and find a solution For how we’ll make it to the next revolution Or die. Oh yes. And don’t forget your lunch!