Valerie Black

Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre

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Valerie Black was a member of the Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre. Black was in the original 1940 cast of Agnes de Mille’s Black Ritual. She was also a part of the original Broadway casts of The Hot Mikado (1939), Big White Fog (1940), Carmen Jones (1943), Lysistrata (1946), and Our Lan’ (1947).

Sources:

Black Ritual (Obeah), American Ballet Theatre
Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War by Carol J. Oja
Valerie Black, Playbill

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