2008 Wisdom Awards Celebration
Carmen de Lavallade accepts her
To celebrate the legacy of each honoree, the magical evening included performances by specially-selected artists from the honoree's field. Renee Robinson , now in her twenty-seventh year with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, performed a dance choreographed by Carmen de Lavallade called "Sweet Bitter Love." Twelve year-old Melissa Hanson , a protégé of honoree Cissy Houston, sang "Wind Beneath my Wings" to honor her mentor. Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and his jazz quintet performed in tribute to Quincy Jones. And singer Dee Daniels , whose versatility and range have earned her international acclaim, performed "A Song for You" in appreciation of Eartha Kitt.
Eartha Kitt speaks with a student from the
Schomburg Junior Scholars Program
Proceeds from the event will help NVLP continue to build our historic archive of Visionary interviews and develop educational programming, such as multimedia lesson plans for classrooms across the country.