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March 19 Lecture Will Spotlight Life of Dancer and Anthropologist Pearl Primus

Contact: Kimberly Rogers

March 7, 2014 – The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance and the African-American Studies program will present a special Women's History Month lecture Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Theatre.

Guest speakers Peggy and Murray Schwartz will discuss their book The Dance Claimed Me: The Biography of Pearl Primus.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Dance Claimed Me offers an intimate perspective of the life of Primus (1919-1994) and her influence on American culture, dance and education. Born in Trinidad, Primus' work incorporated social and racial protest into her dance aesthetic and played an important role in presenting authentic African dance to American audiences. Friends and colleagues of Primus, the Schwartzes interviewed more than 100 family members, friends and professional associates to chronicle her life from childhood to international dancer, early member of the New Dance Group in New York City and dance anthropology pioneer.

Students will perform a dance from Primus' repertoire, "Bushache – Dance of War, Dance of Peace." A book signing will follow the talk.

For more information, call Kimberly Rogers at 901-678-2350.

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