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Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring.(Photos: David Moore, Jack Mitchell, Carl Van Vechten)

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Alvin Ailey, dancer, choreographer, activist and founder of the the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photograph by John Lindquist, for the Harvard Theatre Collection.

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