The informal king and queen of this artistic wing during much of this inspiring era of self-reliance from a conspicuously talented sociographic and intellectual expatriate colony of diverse descendants of Africa was the brilliant and legendary duo of Ossie Davis (born Raiford Chatman Davis on December 18, 1917, in Cogdell, Ga.) and Ruby Dee (born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland on October 27, 1922). They led an early pioneering wave of Black Greats on the main stage of the Great White Way called Broadway. It was a smooth and melodic outburst of emotion and talent from every corner of Black America that expressed itself brilliantly through the performing arts.
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