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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Najwa I.

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Nonprofit founder and dancer Najwa I was born Arnell Pugh in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Instructed by Panamanian performer, Jimmy Payne, Najwa studied Afro-Cuban and calypso dance. She graduated from Harrison High School in 1952. That same year, she joined Larry Steele's Smart Affair tour in Australia. Najwa performed on stage with icons like Duke Ellington and Count Basie. In New York City, she studied African dance. At the Cat and Fiddle Club in the Bahamas, Najwa learned to dance with fire. She taught ethnic dance at the Julian Swain Dance Theatre and at Chicago's Better Boys Foundation. In 1977, she launched the Najwa Dance Corps in Chicago. The group offered classes in dances of West Africa and the Caribbean, as well as contemporary African American dances. Najwa I is the recipient of the Woman in Dance Award, the Woman of the Year Award and the African American Arts Alliance's Paul Robeson Award.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
151 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Najwa I
Najwa I
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2004 December 21.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 30 min., 12 sec.)) : sound, color
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