MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN
NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD
AND THE NATION OF ISLAM
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL.
I BEAR WITNESS THAT THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH AND I BEAR
WITNESS THAT MUHAMMAD IS HIS MESSENGER
June 16, 2014
(Peace Be Unto You)
Another great one has passed into the pantheon of our ancestry. It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of Ruby Dee, a woman who was passionately concerned about the condition of her people and the condition of the world. Although she has been before the world in stage plays and movies from the time she was a very young woman along with her late illustrious husband, Ossie Davis, and Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and others, she became a legend in her lifetime.
We lived in New Rochelle, N.Y., across the street from her home.
In her later years she became a passionate pleader, not for a man, but for a plan that would change the horrible condition of our people. She was deeply concerned that a plan would arise out of us that all of us could get behind to make a better people that could contribute to making a better world.
Ruby Dee evolved spiritually, mentally, morally, and culturally, and what she wanted for our people she wanted for all people. Although we mourn her loss, those who remain behind must continue to press on toward the goal.
In the Holy Qur’an it says, “If it were a short journey and a near gain they all would have gone forth”. The journey to total freedom, justice and equality is a long hard journey that will take generations to accomplish, but the journey has begun and indeed the struggle continues.
We praise Allah (God) for her precious life and the work that she did to advance the cause of freedom, justice and equality. We praise Allah (God) for the work that she did to advance us culturally and now, she passes the baton of struggle to a new generation and those of us who yet remain, young and old, must pick up the baton of struggle.
To her son, Guy, and her daughters Hasna and Nora, and to all of her beloved family and friends, let us rejoice and be full of gratitude that a life like hers has been among us, and as long as we live we shall cherish the memory of her sweet communion with us.
May Allah (God) grant us His Peace.
David the Prophet on the passing of his son said, “My son cannot come to me, but I am on my way to him.”
Ruby Dee cannot come to us, but we all are on our way to her; so let us make our steps bold, strong, and wise as we continue the struggle and move toward the end of our days.
Your Brother and Servant,
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Servant to the Lost-Found
Nation of Islam in the West