Katherine Dunham

 

 

 

Age: 96

 

Summary: pioneering dancer and choreographer, author and civil rights activist who had left Broadway to teach culture in one of America's poorest cities, but who lived most of each year in East St. Louis, Illinois where she struggled to bring the arts to a Mississippi River city of burned-out buildings and high crime.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes

 

Born: June 22, 1909

 

Died: May 21, 2006

 

Location: New York City, New York