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Ruby Dee leaves legacy in Coastal Empire

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Iconic actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee has made a huge impact on so many across the country, but also on some right here in Savannah.

The actress died last week at the age of 91, and those who had an opportunity to know and work with her, like Dr. Ja Jahannes, said she was very down to Earth and unassuming, but most importantly, a role model, specifically for black actresses.

"Her example, in terms of go for your goal, in the performing arts and stay with it and never think that any role is too small, and she played all of her roles well, and she even looked fabulous in her 80s," said Jahannes, who first met Dee in college, and then at theater conferences over the years.

Jahannes said Dee had a huge impact on theater at Georgia Southern University as well.

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