Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Goodbye Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham, the great dancer, activist, anthropologist, choreographer and humanitarian, died on Sunday. She was 96 years old. Dunham's life work revolved around celebrating and embracing the color and spirit of all people. She exposed the world to the beauty of Black dancers and challenged the citizens of this earth to define Blackness. She celebrated the exotic and brought Haitian and Creole and Brazilian cultures out of the shadows of prejudice and stereotype. She opened so many doors for people of all colors so that we might all be able to leap through them.

Certainly today there is dancing going on in heaven. Bravo Miss Dunham!

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