(Great Black Performers#1) Alvin Ailey

(Great Black Performers#1) Alvin Ailey



As a young boy in Navasota, Texas ,Alvin Ailey stomped his feet and clapped his hands as he sang alone with this mother and the True Vine Baptist church choir:

Rocka-my-soul in the brown of Abraham
Rocka-my-soul in the bosom of Abraham

Soon Alvin learned to dance. By drawing on his memories and the African-American culture, Alvin Ailey discovered his own special rhythms- a dance style that let his imagination whirl.

On January 31, 1960, Alvin Ailey premiered his modern dance masterpiece, Revelations, as the audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York City swayed in time to the music:

Ohhh, rocka-my-soul…

Alvin Ailey is the story of Alvin Ailey’s life-a life that left its imprint as much on the history of the American people as on the history of modern dance.

About the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of nearly 50 books for young readers, among them The Red Pencil and A Poem for Peter, as well as several collaborations with her husband Brian Pinkney, including Sit -In and Hand in Hand, which received the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, and he has written and illustrated several of his own books. Brian has received the Coretta Scott King Book Award for Illustration and three Coretta Scott King Book Award Honor medals.

The Pinkneys have been named among the “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health magazine. They live in Brooklyn, New York.

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