A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald, reflections by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez, and a eulogy by actor and social activist Harry Belafonte.
The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee’s life will be held at the Riverside Church in New York City on Sept. 20. Dee died June 11 at 91.
Dee’s poetry and prose will be read by actresses Angela Bassett, Tyne Daly, Kim Fields, S. Epatha Merkerson, Phylicia Rashad, Pauletta Washington and Lynn Whitfield. Musical tributes will be performed by Keys, McDonald, Wynton Marsalis and Peter Yarrow.
Dee’s long career earned her an Emmy, a Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Art and an Oscar nomination.