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Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
(born Raiford Chatman Davis; December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and civil rights activist.[1][2][3] He was married to Ruby Dee, with whom he frequently performed, until his death in 2005.[4] He and his wife were named to the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame; were awarded the National Medal of Arts[5] and were recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1994.

Contents

1 Early years 2 Career 3 Honors 4 Activism 5 Personal life 6 Death 7 Filmography

7.1 Film 7.2 Television 7.3 Directing

8 Theatre 9 Discography 10 Bibliography 11 References 12 External links

Early years[edit] Raiford Chatman Davis was born in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia, a son of Kince Charles Davis, a railway construction engineer, and his wife Laura (née Cooper; July 9, 1898 – June 6, 2004).[6][7] He inadvertently became known as "Ossie" when his birth certificate was being filed and his mother's pronunciation of his name as "R. C. Davis" was misheard by the courthouse clerk in Clinch County, Ga.[8] Davis experienced racism from an early age when the KKK threatened to shoot his father, whose job they felt was too advanced for a black man to have. His siblings included scientist William Conan Davis, social worker Essie Morgan Davis, pharmacist Kenneth Curtis Davis, and biology teacher James Davis.[9] Following the wishes of his parents, he attended Howard University
Howard University
but dropped out in 1939 to fulfill his desire for an acting career in New York; he later attended Columbia University School of General Studies. His acting career, which spanned eight decades, began in 1939 with the Rose McClendon Players in Harlem. During World War II, Davis served in the United States Army
United States Army
in the Medical Corps. He made his film debut in 1950 in the Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
film No Way Out. He voiced Anansi the spider on the PBS children's television series Sesame Street
Sesame Street
in its animation segments. Career[edit]

photo by Carl Van Vechten, 1951

When Davis wanted to pursue a career in acting, he ran into the usual roadblocks that blacks suffered at that time as they generally could only portray stereotypical characters such as Stepin Fetchit. Instead, he tried to follow the example of Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
and play more distinguished characters. When he found it necessary to play a Pullman porter or a butler, he played those characters realistically, not as a caricature. In addition to acting, Davis, along with Melvin Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles
and Gordon Parks, was one of the notable African-American directors of his generation: he directed movies such as Gordon's War, Black Girl and Cotton Comes to Harlem. Along with Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
and Poitier, Davis was one of a handful of African American
African American
actors able to find commercial success while avoiding stereotypical roles prior to 1970, which also included a significant role in the 1965 movie The Hill alongside Sean Connery plus roles in The Cardinal
The Cardinal
and The Scalphunters. However, Davis never had the tremendous commercial or critical success that Cosby and Poitier enjoyed. As a playwright, Davis wrote Paul Robeson: All-American, which is frequently performed in theatre programs for young audiences. In 1976 Davis appeared on Muhammad Ali's novelty album for children, The Adventures of Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay.[10]

Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.

Davis found recognition late in his life by working in several of director Spike Lee's films, including Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, She Hate Me
She Hate Me
and Get on the Bus. He also found work as a commercial voice-over artist and served as the narrator of the early-1990s CBS
CBS
sitcom Evening Shade, starring Burt Reynolds, where he also played one of the residents of a small southern town. In 1999, Davis appeared as a theater caretaker in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra film The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, which was released on DVD two years later. For many years, he hosted the annual National Memorial Day Concert from Washington, DC. His distinguished bearing made him a perfect choice for the concert. Following his passing, the hosting duties passed on to the twosome of Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
and Joe Mantegna. Davis's last role was a several episode guest role on the Showtime drama series The L Word, as a father struggling with the acceptance of his daughter Bette (Jennifer Beals) parenting a child with her lesbian partner. In his final episodes, his character was taken ill and died. His wife Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
was present during the filming of his own death scene. That episode, which aired shortly after Davis's own death, aired with a dedication to the actor.[11] Honors[edit] In 1989, Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and his wife, actress/activist Ruby Dee, were named to the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. In 1995, they were awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the country and presented in a White House
White House
ceremony by the President of the United States.[12] And in 2004, they were recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.[13] According to the Kennedy Center Honors:

"The Honors recipients recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts— whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, or television — are selected by the Center's Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; the selection process, over the years, has produced balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines."[14]

In 1994, Davis was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[15] Activism[edit] Davis and Dee were well known as civil rights activists during the Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Movement
and were close friends of Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
and other icons of the era. They were involved in organizing the 1963 civil rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and served as its emcees. Davis, alongside Ahmed Osman, delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Malcolm X.[16] He re-read part of this eulogy at the end of Spike Lee's film Malcolm X. He also delivered a stirring tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, at a memorial in New York's Central Park the day after King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Davis, alongside Ahmed Osman,[17] delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Malcolm X.[18] Personal life[edit] In 1948, Davis married actress Ruby Dee, whom he had met on the set of Robert Ardrey's 1946 play Jeb. In their joint autobiography With Ossie and Ruby, they described their decision to have an open marriage, later changing their minds.[19] In the mid-1960s they moved to the New York suburb of New Rochelle, where they remained ever after.[20] Their son Guy Davis is a blues musician and former actor, who appeared in the film Beat Street
Beat Street
(1984) and the daytime soap opera One Life to Live. Their daughters are Nora Davis Day and Hasna Muhammad. Death[edit] Davis was found dead in a Miami, Florida, hotel room on February 4, 2005. An official cause of death was not released, but he was known to have had heart problems.[21] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

No Way Out (1950) (Uncredited) Fourteen Hours (1951) The Joe Louis Story
The Joe Louis Story
(1953) Gone Are the Days! (aka Purlie
Purlie
Victorious) (1963) The Cardinal
The Cardinal
(1963) Shock Treatment (1964) The Hill (1965) A Man Called Adam (1966) Silent Revolution (1967) The Scalphunters
The Scalphunters
(1968) Sam Whiskey
Sam Whiskey
(1969) Slaves (1969) Wattstax
Wattstax
(1973) Let's Do It Again (1975) Countdown at Kusini
Countdown at Kusini
(1976) Hot Stuff (1979) Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved the Stars (1979)[22] Death of a Prophet
Death of a Prophet
(1981) The House of God
The House of God
(1984) Harry & Son (1984) Avenging Angel (1985) School Daze
School Daze
(1988) Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing
(1989) Joe Versus the Volcano
Joe Versus the Volcano
(1990) Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) Jungle Fever
Jungle Fever
(1991) Gladiator (1992) Malcolm X
Malcolm X
(1992) Cop and a Half
Cop and a Half
(1993) Grumpy Old Men (1993) The Client (1994) Get on the Bus
Get on the Bus
(1996) I'm Not Rappaport (1996) 4 Little Girls
4 Little Girls
(1997) 12 Angry Men (1997) Alyson's Closet (1998) Dr. Dolittle (1998) The Unfinished Journey (1999) The Gospel According to Mr. Allen (2000) Dinosaur (2000) (voice) Here's to Life! (2000) Voice of the Voiceless (2001) Why Can't We Be a Family Again?
Why Can't We Be a Family Again?
(2002) Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) Unchained Memories
Unchained Memories
(2003) Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003) Beah: A Black Woman Speaks (2003) BAADASSSSS!
BAADASSSSS!
(2003) She Hate Me
She Hate Me
(2004) Proud (2004) A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho (2005)

Television[edit]

The Emperor Jones (1955) Seven Times Monday (1962) Car 54 Where Are You?
Car 54 Where Are You?
(1963) The Fugitive (1966) 12 O'Clock High (1967) Night Gallery (1969) Bonanza: The Wish (1969) Hawaii Five-O (1974) The Tenth Level (1975) Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (1977) King (1978) (miniseries) Roots: The Next Generations (1979) Freedom Road (1979) All God's Children (1980) Ossie and Ruby! (1980–1981) Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige
Leroy "Satchel" Paige
(1981)

Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved the Stars (1989)[23] B.L. Stryker
B.L. Stryker
(1989–1990) We'll Take Manhattan (1990) Evening Shade
Evening Shade
(1990–1994) Alex Haley's Queen
Alex Haley's Queen
(1993) The Ernest Green Story (1993) The Stand (1994) Ray Alexander (1994–1995) The Android Affair (1995) The Client (1995–1996) Home of the Brave (1996) Promised Land (1996–1998) Touched By An Angel
Touched By An Angel
(1996–2002)

Miss Evers' Boys
Miss Evers' Boys
(1997) 12 Angry Men (1997) A Vow to Cherish (1999) The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
(1999) The Secret Path (1999) The Soul Collector (1999) Between the Lions
Between the Lions
(1999–2005) Finding Buck McHenry (2000) Legend of the Candy Cane (2001) The Feast of All Saints
The Feast of All Saints
(2001) Persidio Med (2002) Deacons for Defense (2003) JAG (2003) The L Word
The L Word
(2004–2005)

Directing[edit]

Cotton Comes to Harlem
Harlem
(1970) Black Girl (1972) Gordon's War
Gordon's War
(1973) Kongi's Harvest (1973) Countdown at Kusini
Countdown at Kusini
(1976) Crown Dick (1987 TV movie)

Theatre[edit]

Joy Exceeding Glory (1939) On Strivers Row (1940) Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington
(1940) Black Women in White (1941) Jeb (1946) Anna Lucasta (1946) (replacement for Earle Hyman) The Leading Lady (1948) The Washington Years (1948) The Smile of the World (1949) Stevedore (1949) The Wisteria Trees (1950) The Royal Family (1951) The Green Pastures
The Green Pastures
(1951) Remains to Be Seen (1951) Touchstone (1953) The Wisteria Trees (1955) No Time for Sergeants
No Time for Sergeants
(1956) (replacement for Earle Hyman) Jamaica (1957) A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
(1959) (replacement for Sidney Poitier) Purlie
Purlie
Victorious (1961) Ballad for Bimshire (1963) A Treasury of Negro World Writing (1964) The Talking Skull (1965) The Zulu and the Zayda (1965) Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
(1972) Take It from the Top (1979) Zora is My Name! (1983) I'm Not Rappaport (1986) (replacement for Cleavon Little) A Celebration of Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
(1988) (benefit concert) Two Hah Hahs and a Homeboy (1995)

Discography[edit]

Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, Vol. 1: (Folkways Records, 1966) Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, Vol. 2: (Folkways, 1966) Frederick Douglass' The Meaning of July 4 for the Negro: (Folkways, 1975) Frederick Douglass' Speeches inc. The Dred Scott
Dred Scott
Decision: (Folkways, 1976)

Bibliography[edit]

Davis, Ossie (1961). Purlie
Purlie
Victorious. New York: Samuel French Inc Plays. ISBN 978-0-573-61435-4.  Davis, Ossie (1977). Escape to Freedom: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. New York: Samuel French. ISBN 978-0-573-65031-4.  Davis, Ossie (1982). Langston. New York: Delacorte Press. ISBN 978-0-440-04634-9.  Davis, Ossie; Dee, Ruby (1984). Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears (Audio)format= requires url= (help). Caedmon. ISBN 978-0-694-51187-7.  Davis, Ossie (1992). Just Like Martin. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. ISBN 978-0-671-73202-8.  Davis, Ossie; Dee, Ruby (1998). With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-688-15396-0.  Davis, Ossie (2006). Dee, Ruby, ed. Life Lit by Some Large Vision: Selected Speeches and Writings. New York: Atria Books. ISBN 0-7432-8988-9. 

References[edit]

^ Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
– Awards IMDB. 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012 ^ Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
Television Credits Official Website of Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
& Ruby Dee. 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012 ^ Books Official Website of Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
& Ruby Dee. 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012 ^ Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
Dies at 91 Carmel Dagan. Variety. June 12, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2016 ^ Lifetime Honors – National Medal of Arts
National Medal of Arts
Archived 2013-08-26 at the Wayback Machine. ^ " Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-22.  ^ "DAVIS, LAURA COOPER". The Journal News. June 9, 2004.  ^ " Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
Biography". Internet Movie Database. 2008. Retrieved 2007-01-11.  ^ "Finding Aid to The HistoryMakers ® Video Oral History with William Davis" (PDF). HistoryMakers. February 1, 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2017.  ^ Jason Heller (June 6, 2016). "Remembering Muhammad Ali's Trippy, Anti-Cavity Kids' Record". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 24, 2016.  ^ Richard Severo; Douglas Martin (5 February 2005). "Ossie Davis, Actor, Writer and Eloquent Champion of Racial Justice, Is Dead at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-02-06.  ^ Lifetime Honors – National Medal of Arts
National Medal of Arts
Archived 2013-08-26 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
Kennedy Center Honors. September 2004. Retrieved March 17, 2012. ^ 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Kennedy Center Honors
Kennedy Center Honors. 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2012. ^ "Ossie Davis". www.thehistorymakers.com.  ^ Davis, Ossie (February 27, 1965). "Malcolm X's Eulogy". The Official Website of Malcolm X. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2009.  ^ Russell John Rickford, Betty Shabazz, Surviving Malcolm X: A Remarkable Story of Survival and Faith Before and After Malcolm X, Sourcebooks, Inc., 2003, p. 178, describes Osman as: "A Sudanese Muslim then studying at Dartmouth...". ^ Davis, Ossie (February 27, 1965). "Eulogy". The Official Website of Malcolm X. Retrieved April 15, 2017.  ^ Sheri Stritof; Bob Stritof. " Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
on Open Marriage". About.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-01-11. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ Donna Greene, "Q&A/Ossie Davis; Involved in a Community Beyond Theater", The New York Times, October 25, 1998. ^ " Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
found dead in Miami
Miami
hotel room", The Associated Press, February 9, 2005 ^ "Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved the Stars". Baltimore, Maryland: Enoch Pratt Free Library. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-09-21.  ^ Erikson, Hal. "Review Summary: Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved the Stars (1989)". Movies. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 

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External links[edit]

The official site of Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
& Ruby Dee Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
on IMDb Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
at the TCM Movie Database Eulogy
Eulogy
of Malcolm X Ossie Davis' oral history video excerpts at The National Visionary Leadership Project Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
at Smithsonian Folkways Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
interview video at the Archive of American Television Appearances on C-SPAN

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Films directed by Ossie Davis

Cotton Comes to Harlem
Harlem
(1970) Black Girl (1972) Gordon's War
Gordon's War
(1973) Kongi's Harvest (1973) Countdown at Kusini
Countdown at Kusini
(1976) Crown Dick (1987)

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Kennedy Center Honorees (2000s)

2000

Mikhail Baryshnikov Chuck Berry Plácido Domingo Clint Eastwood Angela Lansbury

2001

Julie Andrews Van Cliburn Quincy Jones Jack Nicholson Luciano Pavarotti

2002

James Earl Jones James Levine Chita Rivera Paul Simon Elizabeth Taylor

2003

James Brown Carol Burnett Loretta Lynn Mike Nichols Itzhak Perlman

2004

Warren Beatty Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
& Ruby Dee Elton John Joan Sutherland John Williams

2005

Tony Bennett Suzanne Farrell Julie Harris Robert Redford Tina Turner

2006

Zubin Mehta Dolly Parton Smokey Robinson Steven Spielberg Andrew Lloyd Webber

2007

Leon Fleisher Steve Martin Diana Ross Martin Scorsese Brian Wilson

2008

Morgan Freeman George Jones Barbra Streisand Twyla Tharp Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
& Roger Daltrey

2009

Mel Brooks Dave Brubeck Grace Bumbry Robert De Niro Bruce Springsteen

Complete list 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

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Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

1962: Eddie Cantor 1963: Stan Laurel 1965: Bob Hope 1966: Barbara Stanwyck 1967: William Gargan 1968: James Stewart 1969: Edward G. Robinson 1970: Gregory Peck 1971: Charlton Heston 1972: Frank Sinatra 1973: Martha Raye 1974: Walter Pidgeon 1975: Rosalind Russell 1976: Pearl Bailey 1977: James Cagney 1978: Edgar Bergen 1979: Katharine Hepburn 1980: Leon Ames 1982: Danny Kaye 1983: Ralph Bellamy 1984: Iggie Wolfington 1985: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward 1986: Nanette Fabray 1987: Red Skelton 1988: Gene Kelly 1989: Jack Lemmon 1990: Brock Peters 1991: Burt Lancaster 1992: Audrey Hepburn 1993: Ricardo Montalbán 1994: George Burns 1995: Robert Redford 1996: Angela Lansbury 1997: Elizabeth Taylor 1998: Kirk Douglas 1999: Sidney Poitier 2000: Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee 2001: Ed Asner 2002: Clint Eastwood 2003: Karl Malden 2004: James Garner 2005: Shirley Temple 2006: Julie Andrews 2007: Charles Durning 2008: James Earl Jones 2009: Betty White 2010: Ernest Borgnine 2011: Mary Tyler Moore 2012: Dick Van Dyke 2013: Rita Moreno 2014: Debbie Reynolds 2015: Carol Burnett 2016: Lily Tomlin 2017: Morgan Freeman

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Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

1959−1980

Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
– The Best of the Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Shows (1959) Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Lincoln Portrait (1960) Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
– Humor in Music (1962) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
– The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964) That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
– BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965) Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
(producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him (1966) Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
- A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967) Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
– Gallant Men (1968) Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
– Lonesome Cities (1969) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
– Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971) Les Crane
Les Crane
– Desiderata (1972) Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
– Good Evening (1975) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
(1976) Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
- Great American Documents (1977) Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst
(1978) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(1980)

1981−2000

Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
(1982) Tom Voegeli (producer) – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Movie on Record performed by Various Artists (1983) William Warfield
William Warfield
Lincoln Portrait (1984) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
– The Words of Gandhi (1985) Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1986) Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins
and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
– Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987) Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Lake Wobegon Days (1988) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
– Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(1989) Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
– It's Always Something (1990) George Burns
George Burns
– Gracie: A Love Story (1991) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
– The Civil War (1992) Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS (1993) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning
(1994) Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
– Get in the Van (1995) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
– Phenomenal Woman (1996) Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
It Takes a Village (1997) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
– Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
Still Me
Still Me
(1999) LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
– The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
(2000)

2001−present

Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001) Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2002) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003) Al Franken
Al Franken
and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
– My Life (2005) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father
(2006) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
- With Ossie and Ruby (2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008) Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
and Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
– An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Al Gore
(2009) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
– Always Looking Up (2010) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
Presents Earth (The Audiobook) (2011) Betty White
Betty White
– If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
– Society's Child (2013) Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
– America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
– Diary of a Mad Diva (2015) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
– In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist
(2018)

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