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Katherine Dunham

(1909—2006)

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Cabin in the Sky

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Adapted from the 1940 Broadway musical, this film version was released by MGM three years later. Joseph Schrank’s screenplay is set in the deep south, with Ethel Waters recreating her ...

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Claudia McNeil

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(b. 13 August 1917; d. 25 November 1993), actor.

Claudia McNeil had a long and distinguished career in American theater; however, the critically acclaimed actor was perhaps best...

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Dancers and Choreographers, Early

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

The contribution of African American dancers and choreographers to dance is inestimable. They have been a fundamental force in the shaping of modern dance in America.

The Early...

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Eugene Redmond

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1937), poet, playwright, critic, editor, educator,

and important figure in the 1960s black arts movement. Eugene Redmond was born 1 December 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri....

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Federal Writers' Project

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Operated (1935–39) by the Works Progress Administration as a measure for the relief of unemployed writers, journalists, editors, and research workers. Directed by Henry G. Alsberg, the...

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James Haskins

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1941–2005), author of nonfiction books for juveniles and adults, biographer, educator, critic, editor, and educational consultant.

Born into a large family in a racially...

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Jazz Dance

Overview page. Subjects: Dance.

Dance form developed by African-Americans in the US in the early part of the 20th century. It drew on African rhythms and techniques which isolated different parts of the body in movement....

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Mary Lou Williams

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Mary Elfrieda Scruggs, 8 May 1910, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 28 May 1981, Durham, North Carolina, USA. A child prodigy, Williams played in public at the age of six ...

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Modern Dancers and Choreographers

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

The story of African American women in dance weaves its way through the fabric of African American history, spanning almost four centuries. From the forced dance of slaves on ships ...

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Pearl Primus

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — History.

(b Port of Spain, Trinidad, 29 Nov. 1919; d New Rochelle, NY, 29 Oct. 1994)

US dancer, choreographer, teacher, and anthropologist. She studied medicine and biology at Hunter...

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