Film Screening: The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen"

“The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen” by Jennifer Abod, PhD.  Refreshments will be served.

For six decades, Angela Bowen: classical dancer, dance teacher and mentor, social justice activist, and professor, has influenced and inspired untold numbers by speaking out as strongly for the Arts and Black and Women's rights.

This is the story of a black girl who came of age during the Jim Crow era in 1940s and 50s Roxbury, Massachusetts, and how race, economics, gender, sexuality, and age influenced her passions, mission, and strategies for survival.  

Before Misty Copeland made history with the American Ballet Theater, there was Angela Bowen. Bowen danced the first Black Swan in Boston at a time when the “No Blacks on Broadway” rule dominated.  In 1950, she and fellow dancers extraordinaire had to make a different way.  

Bowen's stories and the interviews with her dance mentor, former dance partner, former students--dance and academic--lesbian and gay activists, educators, family members, and colleagues, illuminate the challenges that she faced, the depth of her Influence, and encompass the major cultural and social justice movements of our time.

There will be an event honoring Angela Bowen this summer in her new hometown of New Haven, Connecticut:

This event is being co-sponsored by the Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research & Engagement at Scripps College, the Cultural Studies Department and Applied Women's Studies Program at CGU and the Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges.

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Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave.