When: Sat., March 17, 2-4 p.m. 2018
Halifu Osumare has been everywhere. In particular, the Bay Area dance legend has traveled across three continents and 23 countries over four decades as a Black dance scholar, advocate, and professional. In her new book, Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir, she reflects back on what Blackness and dance have meant to her life and career. Charting her beginnings in San Francisco during the Black Arts and Black Power movements of the 1960s, to her travels and collaborations with superstar artists Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, and Alvin Ailey, among others, she reveals dance as a revolutionary tool in Black liberation. “The African-American dance artist has at every turn been a reflection of his/her social era serving as a catalyst at one turn and as a willing community barometer at others,” she writes. Join her at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland for a reflective talk on the past, present, and future of Black dance in the Bay Area and beyond.