Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Diversity Spotlight: Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

"I would want a younger child looking at me on the cover (of Time Magazine) to see themselves, to see endless opportunities, to see possibilities that maybe they never even thought they could attain. I want them to be able to see dreams through me," Misty Copeland. - Time For Kids Magazine

In June 2015, Misty Copeland became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer­ in the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the world’s leading ballet companies. It is an unlikely story of a girl from a single-parent household who stumbled upon a free ballet class at a Boys and Girls Club at the age of 13. During Black History Month, Richland Two celebrates the achievements of ground-breaking men and women like Copeland.

She has written books about her experiences and works to bring top ballet training to communities where it has not been available. Watch Copeland talk about her life in dance and the impact she hopes to have.

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