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Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora

By Joanna Dee Das

Oxford University Press; 288 pages; $34.95

This compelling book makes the argument that dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham was more than just one of the most impactful dancers of the 20th century, but also a powerful activist committed to breaking down racial and gender barriers through her work, who balanced her artistic dreams in the face of racism and sexism. The author examines Dunham's influence from the 1920s to the late 1960s and beyond, and the generations of performers she influenced, from Alvin Ailey to Marlon Brando and Eartha Kitt.

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