In her two-hour interview, Ruby Dee (1922-2014) talks about her start in show business as an actress in feature films and on Broadway, and describes the experience of being an African American lead actress working in series television — a rare sight in the 1950s and '60s. She discusses her early television work, such as her regular role on the soap opera Guiding Light (as "Martha Frazier"). Dee details her involvement with the Civil Rights Movement, recounts her friendships with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., and shares how Sidney Poitier used to hold get-togethers for the movement's key individuals. She outlines her numerous roles in television movies and miniseries in the 1970s including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Roots: The Next Generations, which she and husband Ossie Davis helped bring to the small screen. She also talks of her many collaborations with Davis, including their radio show, With Ossie and Ruby (1981-82). Harold Dow conducted the interview on May 15, 2000 in New York, NY.