BUSHFIRE THEATRE OF PERFORMING ARTS WALK OF FAME
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I was saddened to hear about the passing of Miss Ruby Dee and in my sadness I was reminded of the wonderful
time when she came to Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts to plant her handprint on the Walk of Fame.
She was known and appreciated as an artist and activist. I can say that she is one of the warmest, interesting and humble people I have met. She so appreciated being asked to join the other artists on our Walk of Fame that honors artists of stage, screen and television. I was humbled by her humility.
She enjoyed being in the community and meeting those there to greet her like Councilwoman Janie Blackwell, Representative Dwight Evans, Kenny and Faatimah Gamble, the late Dr. Walter P. Lomax, Beverly Lomax, Claire Lomax, Bushfire artists and many others. She left more than her handprint in front of Bushfire Theatre; she also left her spirit. In reference to the gift of her son, the late Maya Angelou said that she thanked the creator for giving him to her.
As with Maya Angelou, I thank the creator that Ruby Dee was given to us.
The Walk of Fame recognizes African Americans of stage, screen and television.
Some of the artists with hand prints along the Walk of Fame include: Loretta Devine, John Amos, the late Lloyd Richards, Charles Fuller, the late Esther Rolle, Woody King, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson Micki Grant, Ruby Dee, the late Judi Ann Mason, Glynn Turman, Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan, Al Freeman Jr., Pearl Cleage, Ben Vereen and Sonia Sanchez.
Honorees who are deceased are recognized with bronze plaques, placed in the sidewalk, bearing their names and accomplishments. Some of the artists who have been honored posthumously are: Dorothy Dandridge, Ira Aldridge, Paul Robeson, William B. Dickerson, Pearl Bailey, Hattie McDaniels, Francis Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, Sammy Davis Jr., Langston Hughes, Oscar Micheaux, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Vivian Sarah Robinson, Beah Richards, Matt Robinson Sr., Ossie Davis, Paul Winfield, August Wilson, Roscoe Lee Browne, Adolph Caesar, Ivan Dixon, Isabel Sanford, William Marshall, Rosalind Cash, Godfrey Cambridge and Barbara Ann Teer
14 Annual Walk of Fame Honorees, Dr. Vernell Lillie and Ben Vereen
People from across the city and visitors come to the theater to see the hand prints and plaques along the Walk of Fame.