Racism, which leaves a shadow on one’s sense of accomplishment, can make one feel like a perpetual outsider.

Alvin Ailey

About Alvin Ailey

Portrait of Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey Jr. (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT). He created AAADT and its affiliated Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (later Ailey School) as havens for nurturing Black artists and expressing the...

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