ANTHROPOLOGIST, CHOREOGRAPHER & DANCER
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
June 22, 1912 -
Katherine earned a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research in
Afro-American dance, particularly the Caribbean culture, led her to form a company of black dancers.
This company performed throughout the United States and Europe. One of her best works was the
Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky. In the late 1960's, she became the director of Southern Illinois
University's Performing Arts Training Center. Later, she established her own dance school and museum
in East St. Louis, Illinois.