Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance.
Alvin Ailey left an indelible mark on the landscape of modern dance, both with his choreography and the ongoing work of his dance company.
His combination of classical and modern styles, coupled with his use of diverse dancers brought dance to entirely new audiences and continues to do so to this day.
From the collection of The Black Archives of Mid-America, mostly the Allan Gray Family Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey, on extended loan from Mr. Gray.
The Kansas City Public Library contributed technical oversight and metadata for this exhibit.