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Ruby Dee on Race in A Lesson Before Dying

Ruby Dee and her copy of A Lesson Before Dying. Photo by Adam Kampe.

Rural Louisiana is where author Ernest Gaines was born and raised. It's also the setting for his powerful novel about race and injustice, A Lesson Before Dying. I was given the gift of interviewing veteran actress and activist Ruby Dee about Ernest Gaines, who as she says, "is one of her favorite authors." Here's a moment from our conversation featuring music by artist Paul Rucker. Note: Rucker's music available for download on the site.



To hear the entire Big Read audio guide about the book, please go here. You can also hear Ruby Dee read excepts from Zora Neal Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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