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Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey Ellington career.jpg
photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955
Born (1931-01-05)January 5, 1931
Died December 1, 1989(1989-12-01) (aged 58)
Occupation Dancer, choreographer, activist
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom Kennedy Center Honors

Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Ailey School in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance. His company gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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