A Dance Tribute to Civil Rights

Posted July 1, 2018

As we celebrate our rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" on July 4th, we are sharing a short dance film that pays tribute to Civil Rights.

Watch Ailey’s Vernard J. Gilmore perform an excerpt of Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

r-Evolution, Dream. was specifically chosen for this film because the ballet was inspired by the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which Boykin listened to during a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The film also features music by Eli Jackson with narration by Leslie Odom, Jr.

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