Description: "The African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan was aided by many citizens, scientists and scholars and assisted tirelessly phenomenally by Ruby Dee and Maya Angelou. In the attached video clip, The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery, narrated by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, featuring Maya Angelou. Original Illustrations by Charles Lilly, Photographs by Chester Higgins, Jr. Written by Chris Moore. Produced and Directed by David Kutz. Dr. Angelou invited me to her North Carolina home in 1992, to interview her about the African Burial Ground, a cemetery unearthed in NYC in 1991.
Maya worked enormously with her best friend, Howard Dodson (of Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center), and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to preserve the cemetery and memory of some 20,000 men, women and children buried there. Needing a great narrator for the two-hour four segment video, producer David Kutz and I reached out to my long time friend, Ossie Davis. Ossie gladly agreed and said he would ask his wife, Ruby Dee, to join him in the narration. Thoroughly nowledgeable about American history, Ruby asked many questions before reading each line.
Working with Ruby Dee and Maya Angelou on the video project was an absolute joy and a wonderful memory. The African Burial Ground became a National Landmark and National Monument in 2007" (via Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture).
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