Sara Yarborough Joined Harkness Ballet /Raven Wilkinson joins the Dutch National Ballet as a soloist

Sara Yarborough trained in Haiti and New York by mother ballet dancer Lavinia William in New York City and Haiti; studied at Harkness Ballet School and School of American Ballet; danced with Harkness Ballet





Photo of Mother Lavinia Williams

Sara Yarborough, the daughter of ballet dancer Lavinia William, danced with the short lived Harkness Ballet Company(1964-1975) created by Rebekah Harkness. Yarborough was able to be apart of a company that was solidifying a repertoire of fresh American ballets created by notable choreographers Agnes DeMille, Brian McDonald and many more.







Sara Yarborough





Raven Wilkinson joins the Dutch National Ballet as a soloist

Six years after having been forced to leave the the Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Wilkinson accepts as Soloist contract with the Dutch National Ballet.


Following her departure from Ballet Russe, Wilkinson auditioned for several U.S.-based ballet companies, including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. But, she was not accepted. Disheartened, she stopped dancing for two years. Wilkinson worked briefly in customer service for a New York department store. Then, because she had always been attracted to the spiritual life, she joined an Anglican convent in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She stayed for only six months as she soon realized she had been given a great gift she had not used to its fullest. She returned to ballet classes, and not long after, to performing when and where she could.


Sylvester Campbell, an African American principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet, suggested Wilkinson approach that company. After speaking with them, she was invited to join the troupe as second soloist


She performed in Les Sylphides, The Firebird, Serenade, Giselle, Mozartiana, Concerto Barocco, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, La Valse, The Snow Maiden and Graduation Ball.





Raven Wilikinson

Sylvester Campbell


Other Happenings in 1967


  • Jan 7Newlywed Game” premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 9  Georgia legislature seats Rep Julian Bond
  • Jan 10 Edward W. Brooke (Sen-R-Mass), takes his seat as the 1st popularly elected African •American to the US Senate
  • Jan 14 NY Times reports Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jun 30 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. named 1st black astronaut
  • Jul 27 LBJ sets up commission to study cause of urban violence
  • Aug 30 US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice



  • Jan 16 1st black government installed in Bahamas
  • Jan 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Feb 17 Kosmos 140 (Soyuz Test) launches into Earth orbit
  • Mar 15 Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT)-headquarter moves to Brunssum
  • Mar 19 French Somaliland (Djibouti) votes to continue association with France
  • Apr 4 Dutch De Young government forms
  • Apr 6 Premier Georges Pompidou forms new French government
  • Apr 14 General Gnassingbé Eyadéma becomes president of Togo
  • May 6 Zakir Hussain elected 1st Muslim president of India
  • Jun 5 Six-day war begins between Israel and the neighboring Arab states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria
  • Jun 28 Israel annexes East Jerusalem
  • Sep 19 Nigeria begins offensive against Biafra
  • Oct 8 Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.


Arts and Sciences

  • Jan 12 Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
  • Jan 27 A fire in the Apollo I Command Module kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee during a launch rehearsal
  • Feb 3 “Purple Haze” recorded by Jimi Hendrix
  • Feb 14 Aretha Franklin records “Respect”
  • Jun 27 The world’s first ATM is installed in Enfield, London
  • Jul 20 Pablo Neruda receives 1st Viareggio-Versile prizes
  • Jul 23 First successful liver transplant, on 19 month old Julie Rodriguez by Dr Starzl at the University of Colorado
  • Aug 27 Naomi Sims is 1st black model on US cover (Fashion of the Times)
  • Oct 18 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Hans A Bethe
  • Dec 20 “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft premieres


Human and Civil Rights

  • Mar 1 US House of Representatives expels Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr (307 to 116)
  • Apr 11 Harlem (NYC) voters defy Congress & re-elect Adam Clayton Powell Jr
  • Apr 21 Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin’s daughter defects to the US in NYC
  • Apr 25 Abortion legalized in Colorado
  • May 3 African American students seize finance building at Northwestern University
  • Jun 12 US Supreme Court unanimously ends laws against interracial marriages
  • May 6 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College, Pennsylvania 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 12 Race riot in Newark, NJ, 26 killed, 1,500 injured & over 1,000 arrested
  • Oct 20 All white federal jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridan Mississippi



  • Jan 9 NFL New Orleans’ franchise takes name “Saints”
  • Jan 12 Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali
  • Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
  • US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Feb 26 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins (146.926 MPH)
  • Apr 28 Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of boxing title
  • May 30 Robert “Evel” Knievel‘s motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles
  • Jun 25 Mohammed Ali (Cassius Clay) sentenced to 5 years

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