BENEFITING: SWEET BLACKBERRY FOUNDATION
Sweet Blackberry's films, "The Journey of Henry 'Box' Brown" and "Garrett's Gift", told the incredible true tales of individuals who faced enormous challenges but turned those challenges into stories of success. Both stories delighted children, captivated adult audiences, and were met with critical acclaim.
Well, Sweet Blackberry is ready to share another incredible story of determination against all odds. That is the story of Janet Collins.
A remarkably talented dancer, at just 15 years old, Janet was asked to join the prestigious Ballet Russe to Monte Carlo. She was ecstatic. A black dancer performing with such a troupe was unprecedented. However, the offer came with one caveat, that Janet perform in White Face. Unwilling to compromise her ethnicity for the stage, Collins turned the offer down.
But Collins' talent could not be contained by racial barriers and she worked even harder to pursue her dream to be a dancer.
In 1951, Janet Collins became the first African American prima ballerina to dance at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.
She is now recognized as one of the pioneers of dance and serves as an inspiration to all who have heard her story.
Please help us honor this incredible woman, and help us share her story with children everywhere, by clicking DONATE NOW to contribute to the production of an empowering film.