Monday, May 22, 2006

A View Of The Passing Of A Legend


Here's one reason why I wouldn't want to give up my internet connection at work - I would miss important news and milestones like this story I just found on CNN.

Katherine Dunham, dance pioneer, civil rights activist, and author, died yesterday. She was 96 years old. If you aren't familiar with her work, a good introduction can be found in the movie "Stormy Weather." Prepare to be mesmerized as you watch her and her troupe's amazing dance number - one of many breathtaking numbers in a wonderful movie. Click on this link for a timeline of her life and work and be sure to check out the video clips on the site.

Rest in peace, Ms. Dunham. The world is a better place because of your contributions to the arts.

Update (5/23/06): I found this touching tribute to Ms. Dunham on the New York Times website. You may need to register on the Times site to read the piece, but registration is free and she's worth the time and effort.

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