But Black is Beautiful! 1950s–1980s
JB’s words serve to launch us into the central chapters of this book and put the spotlight on her work, her influence, and her presence. Like a true matriarch, Joan Myers Brown has a power that draws people back to her and to the “home” she has created—as teachers, choreographers, guest performers—allowing them to extend their artistry by working with Philadanco and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts. Indeed, JB is a nurturer, a magnet, a fulcrum—defined as “an agent through which vital powers are exercised.”
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