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Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee have had a long rela­tion­ship with Paci­fi­ca Radio. Some of his ear­li­est con­tri­bu­tions to the Paci­fi­ca air­waves includes:

The Won­der­ful World of Law and Order — A Play writ­ten and read by Ossie Davis about race rela­tions in the Unit­ed States, April 1964.

The Black Rev­o­lu­tion and the White Back­lash, 1964. Ossie Davis and oth­ers dis­cuss the social impact of the Civ­il Rights movement.

Ossie Davis eulo­gizes Mal­colm X at the Faith Tem­ple Church Of God, Feb­ru­ary 271965.

Ossie Davis and James Bald­win ques­tion author William Sty­ron about his biog­ra­phy of Slave Rebel­lion leader Nat Turn­er. May 281968.

Ruby Dee along with Tyne Daly, Roscoe Lee Browne and oth­ers in a Dra­mat­ic Read­ing of John Hersey’s Hiroshi­ma from 2004.

Sev­er­al decades and dozens of film and stage projects lat­er includ­ing their fea­ture in the Spike Lee film do The Right Thing, Ossie Davis and his wife Ruby Dee sat down with long­time Paci­fi­ca hosts Mimi Rosen­berg and Ken Nash in 1998 to reflect on a life­time of the Arts and Activism. Their week­ly pro­gram Build­ing Bridges can still be heard each week on Paci­fi­ca Sta­tion WBAI each Mon­day evening and through­out the Paci­fi­ca network.