Judith Jamison to speak at Rowan for MLK Day

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

GLASSBORO – Judith Jamison, the renowned artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, will be the keynote speaker at the Rowan University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 20.

The event will be held at the Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center at 8:30 a.m. It will be followed by a Day of Service around the Glassboro community.

Dr. Jen Caudle, a board-certified Family Medicine physician and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine, will be the master of ceremonies.

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Jamison serves as artistic director of the iconic Alvin Ailey Dance Theater from 1989 to 2011 after becoming an international star with the troupe as a dancer for 15 years starting in 1965.

During the 1970s and 80s, Jamison appeared as a guest artist with ballet companies around the world, starred in the hit Broadway musical “Sophisticated Ladies,” and formed her own company, The Jamison Project. 

As artistic director, the dance theater made two historic engagements to South Africa and a 50-city global tour to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Some of the awards she has receive include a Primetime Emmy Award, an American Choreography Award, the Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, the Phoenix Award, and the Handel Medallion.

Her autobiography, “Dancing Spirit,” was published in 1993. Jamison continues to dedicate herself to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture.

She remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy by using dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future.

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