Photo by Carlos Funn, courtesy of Clare Croft

It was freshman year, spring semester, and I was a part of a graduate student's thesis work. Some of the faculty members were coming to watch the progress that we had made so far, and Marcus showed up. At the time I didn't know who anyone was, but I could tell he was articulate, evaluative and thought-provoking. He was the first Black intellectual I had seen in college. He was someone I wanted to know.

The person who walked into the Arizona State University Dance studio that day was Marcus White. He was an assistant professor of dance at ASU and an artist/scholar who dedicated his career to working in the long legacy of the Black radical tradition. Marcus passed away suddenly—and far too soon—on May 14, 2020.

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