Renowned dancer, choreographer and artistic director emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Judith Jamison, is the recipient of the 2013 American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Bob Marley Award. The legendary icon, who is the first dance professional to receive the award, will receive the honours at the glitzy Annual Legacy Awards Gala on Wednesday, January 30, in New York City.
The AFUWI Legacy Awards Gala, now in its 16th year, is an annual event which seeks to raise well-needed funds to support scholarship programmes at the University of the West Indies and is its premier fund-raising event in the United States.
The Bob Marley Award is a recognition granted to individuals whose contribution to the advancement of arts and culture transcends boundaries of race, colour, creed and geographies, uniting people throughout the world in a spirit that embodies the essence of the music and lyrics of the Hon Robert Nesta Marley, OM.
Ballet dancer, choreographer and artistic director, Judith Jamison worked closely with Alvin Ailey himself, beginning in 1965. She became an international dance star as Ailey created solo roles for her over the next 15 years. Some of her most pivotal roles include 'Blue Suites', 'Revelation', and most notably, 'Cry'. Before moving into the realm of choreography, Jamison toured with the company all over the world.