Monday, May 22, 2006

On the Passing of K. Dunham

On the Passing of K. Dunham

Dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist Katherine Dunham died Sunday at the age of 96.

While she was from Chicago and lived most of the last few years in New York City where she passed away, her heart and soul were in East St Louis, at the Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities.

Although the organization and its programs - like Ms. Dunham herself - long struggled with their overall physical and financial well-being, they undoubtedly contributed immensely to the community on the east side over the past 35 years or so.

During a time when it seems like so many of the leaders in ESL focus on lining their own pockets, Ms. Dunham seemed to be the opposite.

Hopefully, somehow the centers will be preserved as programmatic anchors for the children and families of the Metro East.

Wouldn't it be nice if just a little bit of that money spent on buying votes for Mark Kern could have been used to support the Dunham center?

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