Friday, October 30, 2015

A FIRST: Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is the first African-American to be the principal dancer for the American Ballet Company.

Speaking thoughtfully traditionally amongst Blacks in the U.S. has long been a source of pride for the race. Good diction, education, poise, manners and truth telling are measurements Black people took pride in when the best and the average got in front of the nation, in front of white people. The alleigance to the ghetto is a recent development. Not being elegant as a woman in public was taught more often than not by example, and in the church and insisted upon in neighborhoods rich and poor by Colored folk. This changed with the crack epidemic. Misty Copeland is not a throwback to that era, that practice. She is the example Black Americans come from.

- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories
October 30, 2015

Misty Copeland is the principal dancer for the American Ballet Company.


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