JUDITH JAMISON NAMED ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2009

05.11.09
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

2009 TIME 100 HONOREE – JUDITH JAMISON
TIME Magazine’s Annual List of the World’s Most Influential People  

TIME magazine has selected Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison as one of the 2009 Time 100 Honorees – the list of the most influential people who affect our world (Leaders & Revolutionaries, Builders & Titans, Artists & Entertainers, Heroes & Icons, Scientists & Thinkers). 

 

 

 

FROM THE MAGAZINE
Judith Jamison
By S. Epatha Merkerson
    
For my 16th birthday I was given a present that remains one of my most vivid, dearest memories. My mother took me to see a performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Detroit. Money was tight, so I'm sure that she made a sacrifice for those tickets — they were dead center, fourth or fifth row.  
     
The lights dimmed, and my world changed. My eyes were locked on this tall chocolate sinewy woman, the embodiment of grace, soul and rhythm: Judith Jamison, my hero! And for 20 years as head of the Ailey troupe, Jamison, 64, has carried the legacy of Alvin Ailey to new heights.
Merkerson is an Emmy Award-winning actress starring in her 15th season of Law & Order