FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2005
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE DEATH OF ACTOR OSSIE DAVIS
"Ossie Davis was an actor and an artist of enormous talent whose portrayal of the human experience reminded us each time of the frailties and beauty of our collective experiences. In his steadfast commitment to social justice and improving the living conditions of all communities, Ossie Davis used his limitless well of talent to challenge the Jim Crow-segregationist practices that tore at the fabric of our nation. With poetry, passion, and thoughtfulness, he pushed our nation toward making real the creed that "all men are created equal ... with certain inalienable rights." Beginning his career in Harlem in 1939, with W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, Ossie Davis represented the good and compassionate side of our humanity. Today, New York City mourns with Ruby Dee the passing of Ossie Davis."
Edward Skyler / Paul Elliott (212) 788-2958