5/04

Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival: Swans of Harlem

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Montclair Public Library

Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festivalpresents Swans of Harlem:

At the height of the Civil Rights movement, five trailblazing Black prima ballerinas, members of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, performed in some of ballet’s most iconic works. These Swans of Harlem danced at the White House, for the Queen of England, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, and beyond. Karen Valby’s The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History is a riveting account of these extraordinarily accomplished women. Celebrating their historic careers and the sustaining, grounding power of female friendship, this story is a window into the robust history of Black ballet, hidden for too long. Valby will be joined by Khadija Griffith, daughter of Gayle McKinney-Griffith, a dancer featured in the book, and event moder Sharron Miller, founder of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts and former Alvin Ailey principal dancer.

Venue: Montclair Public Library Tent