CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of award-winning actress and prominent civil rights activist Ruby Dee:
“Ruby Dee was a tireless advocate for civil rights and a great humanitarian. She knew how to stand up for the common good and was a trailblazer whose heart was matched only by her wit.
“Her talent, strength and courage were not only on display on the big screen but also in the 1963 March on Washington and throughout the civil rights movement.
“Ruby Dee was a poet whose voice will forever echo across our state. As an actress, her grace and strength will continue to shine on from video screens across the nation.
“I send my condolences to her children, friends and family. They are in the thoughts and prayers of people across Illinois.”