Black History Month: Ruby Dee of Kearny


Photo credit: AT&T Archives.

The Meadowlands Nature Blog is honoring Black History Month with a weekly post. Today the topic is  Ruby Dee — pictured above working in Kearny. This series of four posts originally ran in 2009. That’s great thing about history — it never gets old.

Actress and civil rights champion Ruby Dee, who was born in Cleveland in 1924 and raised in Harlem, workedat the Western Electric Company’s Kearny Works during World War II, soldering wires on an assembly line.

She graduated from Hunter College and got her first Broadway role in a play called “Jeb,” about a black GI war hero. The star was Ossie Davis, whom she married two years later.

Both Davis and Dee were active in the Civil Rights Movement throughout their careers. Dee has been involved with the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

Dee starred in “American Gangster,” set in part in Bergen County, in 2007.

For more information on Ruby Dee, click here.

For more information on Kearny’s Western Electric plant, click “Continue reading…” 

Western Electric was one of the nation’s largest distributors of electrical products in the first half of the 20th Century, with plants in Chicago, Baltimore and Kearny.

During World War II, when Ruby Dee worked at the Kearny Works, “most of Western Electric’s products for the Bell System during this period were radio and wire communications equipment for war use at Army and Navy bases and defense contractors across America,” according to a company history.

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