Presidential Medal of Freedom Goes to Alvin Ailey
February 23, 2015
Ailey artistic director Robert Battle with President Obama
The White House named Alvin Ailey a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that a U.S. civilian can receive. Ailey, who started his company in 1958 with seven African-American dancers, was chosen for his commitment to modern dance and civil rights. Robert Battle, who now directs the multiracial company of 31 dancers, accepted the award on behalf of Ailey.
Photos from top: by Normand Maxon, courtesy of AAADT; screenshot courtesy of AAADT