March 07,1917-May 28, 2003
November 13, 1951: Janet Collins is the first black woman to dance at the Metropolitan Opera House, in Verdi’s Aida.
"I won the Donaldson Award for being the finest dancer on Broadway [in 1951 in Cole Porter's Our of this World.] I could see Broadway was a charade. I could see the fickleness- the happiness and the cruelty. At the top the air is very light but it is cruel. The top is not forever. Either you walk down or you agoing to be kicked down. I walked down." From I Dream A World.
First Black Artist At The Met