Since meeting on Broadway in the 1946 production of Jeb, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis excelled as individuals (they married in 1948), and as collaborators they often broke new ground for African Americans. They made their film debuts in 1950 in No Way Out with Sidney Poitier, then starred together on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. As close friends of Martin Luther King Jr., they served as masters of ceremonies for the historic 1963 March on Washington.
Bahamian-American actor and civil rights activist Sidney Poitier (centre) suporting the Poor People's Campaign at Resurrection City, a shantytown set up by protestors in Washington, DC, May 1968. The Poor People's Campaign sought economic justice for America's poor and was organized by by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.