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Life Lit by Some Large Vision: Selected Speeches and Writings
Life Lit by Some Large Vision Selected Speeches and Writings Author:Ossie Davis Ossie Davis, the celebrated civil rights activist, actor, writer, and director, is remembered for a film, television, and stage career of more than half a century. His awards include an Emmy Award, an NAACP Image Award for his work in the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild, and a K... more »ennedy Center Honor. The last two honors, like so many of his accomplishments, were shared with his wife and partner (in life and in work), Ruby Dee.Ossie Davis is also revered for his lifelong commitment to those social and political causes about which he was so passionate. Of all the gifts he possessed, perhaps none was greater than his ability to articulate the important issues of the day. He used his brilliant mind and his oratory skills to give voice to his concerns as a black man, an American, and a human being in the world, as well as to the individuals and communities whose concerns he made his own. This monumental book brings together many of the moving speeches, essays, and other writings as an ultimate gift to posterity.Life Lit by Some Large Vision includes some humor, some history, and some surprises: moving tributes to such luminaries as Malcolm X and Louis Armstrong; thought-provoking speeches on the treachery of the English language and the challenge of breaking through the "niggerization" process; letters to friends and fellow thinkers; essays that span decades of social thought and revolutionary positions; and the closing monologue from his groundbreaking 1961 play, Purlie Victorious.The unforgettable sound of Ossie Davis's voice is well documented in his work on film and television, but the words on these pages offer his heart and mind, and will be the next best thing to witnessing him speak in person. Ruby Dee contributes a foreword to the collection and introductory notes to the individual pieces, many of which were written and delivered with her at his side. The result is a comprehensive celebration of one man's extraordinary wisdom and generosity. This is a book that will enrich countless readers -- as a gift, an educational resource, a volume to be read aloud on special occasions, and much more.« less
A book that is the celebration of a wonderful man, talented, driven to commitment because he was Negro, and steadfast to his purpose. Most of his American fans thought they knew him but Ossie himself corrects some misapprehensions; he was often taken aback from his entrenched opinions about the Negro problems, of race in America. He did have epiphanies; he did see the dead ends of some of his assumptions about white people and the colored peoples' quest for equality in the U.S.A. and sought more enlightenment. He studied the valued arguments of the greats in his time who did commit everything in the conflict for Negro rights. The book is a credit to him for this striving and ability to change passionate beliefs when they proved false to his goals. He had a career to "protect" and nurture at the same time. His courage to pursue both ambitions in an uneasy balance all his life is described here. Letters, speeches, eulogies & tributes, and essays provide a monumental vision of a modern man who had only the weapon of free speech, and used it as a torch to light up falsities and wrong paths in the American self-vision and changed his own life. His wife, Ruby Dee, is no less brilliant and a visionary with courage to spare in her role as a famous women in American politics; her comments in the book are valuable.