Interview with Ossie Davis (1998)

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Raw KRON-TV news footage from November 4th 1998 featuring scenes of Belva Davis interviewing actor, author and civil rights activist Ossie Davis (1917-2005). They discuss: the civil rights movement; Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; a book he recently co-wrote with his wife Ruby Dee -  'With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together'; his experience of racism in theater, film and television; his relationship with wife Ruby Dee and the economic realities of trying to be ethical but also make ends meet. When asked about his feelings for the future he states: "I feel exhilarated … I deeply believe that we're on the verge of major changes and that those changes will be for the better." Ends with brief views of them chatting on-camera after the 'official' interview is over, mostly about how technology has transformed their lives over the years. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

Type of material
local newsfilm
BetaSP videotape
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Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Date aired
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