roles would they have loved to play? How do young African American
actors get started in the business today? Is the notion of a Black
National Theatre practical or even feasible?
These are just a few of the questions John McCluskey Jr., professor
of Afro-American Studies and English at IU Bloomington, asked award-winning
actors and civil rights activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee in this
edition of "Conversations Online."
Married for 54 years, Davis and Dee were in Bloomington to deliver
the keynote address for the Jan. 18 dedication of IU's long-awaited
Theatre/Neal-Marshall Center, which houses both the Department of
Theatre and Drama and the Black Culture Center.
In 1995, Davis and Dee were celebrated as "national treasures"
when they received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2000, they
received the Screen Actors Guild's highest honor, the Life Achievement
Listen to the entire interview or listen by topic
What roles Ossie Davis would like to have played
What roles Ruby Dee would like to have played
The possibilities of a National Black Theatre
Ossie Davis' advice to aspiring performers
Ruby Dee would like to have talked with her grandmothers and with Zora Neale Hurston
Ossie Davis would like to have talked with W.E.B. Du Bois
How to expand the audience for old black films
Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee on radio
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