"He was a voice for justice - and what a voice it was. Ossie Davis, 87, the actor, writer and social activist who died Friday, had the kind of rich, soulful, sonorous delivery that seemed to arise as much from his conscience as his vocal cords.
But it wasn't just timbre and elocution that made Davis, who starred on Broadway and in movies such as "Do the Right Thing" (1989) and in TV productions such as "Roots: The Next Generations" (1979), famous and beloved. Davis and his wife, actress Ruby Dee, who survives him, seemed always in the center of a political storm. They were blacklisted during the McCarthy era for communist sympathies; they marched and picketed in major civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s. Davis also delivered the eulogy at Malcolm X's funeral in 1965. And it was Davis who gave voice to the United Negro College Fund mantra, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" in the well-known ad campaign. ..."
Black History Month... Ossie Davis goes home. I didn't know this news when I quoted M.L. King in an earlier blog. - Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Ossie Davis knew alot about not keeping silent. Read the rest of Julia Keller's syndicated article from the Chicago Tribune.