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The Black Ballerina

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African-American women have fought against discrimination in the ballet world for decades. Debra Austin was the first black ballerina to become a principal dancer in a major American dance company. She broke through the racial barrier, but her career was not without challenges.

She is the guest of honor at an upcoming event co-hosted by the Triangle Friends of African American Arts and the North Carolina Museum of History. The event includes a screening of the film “Black Ballerina.” Host Frank Stasio speaks with Austin about her career. He also talks with Sherri Holmes, founder and director of the Triangle Friends of African American Arts. The event “The Black Ballerina Experience With Debra Austin” takes place Sunday, June 4 at 2 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.