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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, invite you to an intimate conversation featuring the legendary Judith Jamison, Ailey Artistic Director Emerita, with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield.

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the discussion will highlight the impact and reach of Alvin Ailey’s pioneering legacy, spotlight the groundbreaking career of Judith Jamison and preview plans for Ailey’s exciting Fox Theatre engagement Thursday, February 21st – Sunday, February 24th.

Prior to the talk, Center guests (who have purchased admission to The Center) will be able to observe a dance workshop for local students from 4:00 pm-5:15 pm, led by Ailey dancer and Georgia native Christopher Wilson. The talk is free and open to the public.

This is the fifth annual collaboration between Ailey and The Center, part of Destination Dance Ailey Atlanta celebrating Atlanta’s vibrant cultural community through partnerships between the Ailey organization and Atlanta-based cultural, civic and educational organizations.

  • Doors open at 6:00 PM and the event begins promptly at 6:30 PM
  • Seating is limited and will be granted to registrants on a first come, first served basis (RSVPs will close at 4pm on Tuesday, January 15th.)

Artistic Director Emerita, Judith Jamison

As Alvin Ailey’s muse, Ms. Jamison thrilled international audiences, and as his hand-picked successor she led the Company to new heights as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World.”   As a highly regarded choreographer, Ms. Jamison has created many celebrated works, including Divining (1984), Forgotten Time (1989), Hymn (1993), HERE . . .NOW. (commissioned for the 2002 Cultural Olympiad), Love Stories (with additional choreography by Robert Battle and Rennie Harris, 2004), and Among Us (Private Spaces: Public Places) (2009). Ms. Jamison’s autobiography, Dancing Spirit, was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and published in 1993. In 2004, under Ms. Jamison’s artistic directorship, her idea of a permanent home for the Ailey company was realized and named after beloved chairman emerita Joan Weill. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Primetime Emmy Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, inclusion in “The Time 100,” an honor from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, and most recently a BET Black Girl’s Rock Living Legend Award. Ms. Jamison continues to dedicate herself to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture, and she remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy – using dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future.

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Fredericka Whitfield

Fredricka Whitfield anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom and is based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Since joining CNN in 2002, she has reported from all over the world including the Persian Gulf region during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Washington, D.C. during the 2009 presidential inauguration, London at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and in 2015 Selma, AL for the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” A former correspondent for NBC News, Whitfield has garnered multiple honors, including an Emmy award, Ebony Award, NAMD Communicator of the Year, the Howard University School of Communications Alumna of the year, the Alfred I. DuPont Award-winning team for CNN’s coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, and the 2005 George Peabody award for the network’s live coverage of Hurricane Katrina and aftermath. In 2017 Whitfield was nominated for an NAACP Image Award as Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information Series and made EBONY’s Power 100 list in 2018.

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