Katherine Dunham — American Dancer born on June 24, 1909, died on May 21, 2006

Katherine Mary Dunham was an American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century, and directed her own dance company for many years. She has been called the "matriarch and queen mother of black dance"... (wikipedia)