9 Black Female Freedom Fighters Who Deserve to be on U.S. Currency in Addition to Harriet Tubman

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Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee was an actress, civil rights activist, screenwriter and journalist.  Dee was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the SCLC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). She emceed the 1963 March on Washington. Along with her husband, Ossie Davis, she had a friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. She was once arrested for protesting against police brutality in response to the death of Amadou Diallo with her husband. Dee dedicated her life to fighting against injustices and appeared in the controversial film highlighting unrest in the Black community, racial tensions and the problem of police brutality in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

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