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Raven Wilkinson

Jan 01, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

RAVEN WILKINSON, the ballerina, who has died aged 83, was as remarkable for her personal courage as for her lyrical artistry. The only black female member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1950s, she was the first woman of colour to dance classical ballet on the regional stages of the US, and did so at the height of Ku Klux Klan activity against racial desegregation.

The dangers facing her were epitomised in November 1956 when the company's buses arrived to perform in Montgomery, A...