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About meMiss Katherine Dunham was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1909. She became one of the first African Americans to attend the University of Chicago, where she earned bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees in anthropology. Supported by a Rosenwald Fellowship, she completed ground-breaking work on Caribbean and Brazilian dance anthropology as a new academic discpline. She began one of the most successful dance careers in the American and European theater in 1934, which led to leading roles in musicals, operas, and cabarets throughout the world.

In the late 1930s, Miss Dunham established her own dance school and touring company in New York City. The Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe won critical acclaim throughout the 1940s while performing more than 100 original works choreographed by Miss Dunham. Miss Dunham is also credited with developing one of the most important pedagogies for teaching dance, which is still used throughout the world. Miss Dunham's intellectual, artistic and humanitarian contributions have earned her many coveted awards over the years, including the Presidential Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, French Legion of Honor, Southern Cross of Brazil, Grand Cross of Haiti, NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, Lincoln Academy Laureate and the Urban League's Lifetime Achievement Award. Miss Dunham transitioned from this life on May 21, 2006, in New York, but her legacy continues...

About my libraryOne of the Museum's major project's underway is the cataloguing of Miss Dunham's personal book collection, which is housed within the Katherine Dunham Museum located in East St. Louis, Illinois. The museum is home to Miss Dunham's outstanding collection of symbolic and functional art, including over 250 African and Caribbean art objects from more than 50 countries.

Tapestries, paintings, sculptures, musical instruments and ceremonial costumes from around the world celebrate the human spirit of the Museum.

The museum displays costumes, photographs, programs, letters, awards and mementos -- and her personal book collection -- from Miss Dunham's career as dancer, choreographer, teacher, scholar, writer, dance company owner and social activist.


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Real nameKatherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities

LocationEast Saint Louis, Illinois

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Account typeprivate, free

Member sinceSep 17, 2012

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