Today in Black HERstory: Anne Raven Wilkinson

In today’s Black HERstory, Anne Raven Wilkinson (1935-2018) became the first African American woman to receive a contract to dance full time with a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo of New York City, New York. She was just 20 years old when she reached the milestone.Wilkinson was born to a middle-class family in Harlem, and developed a love for dance at the age of 5. On her ninth birthday an uncle gave her the gift of ballet lessons to the Swoboda School (later known as the

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