Black History That Still Lives
Alice Barker is a 103 year-old lady who had an amazing dance career during the Harlem Renaissance. Dancing at clubs like the Cotton Club, Zanzibar Club and the famous Apollo dance is what she has loved since she was a baby.
During her career she danced in movies, commercials and tv shows with Frank Sinatra, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Gene Kelly. She appeared in a some short musical films called "soundies". "Soundies" were able to be viewed in bars, clubs and racetracks in something like a jukebox, and yes, you had to put a dime or something in it to see it.
Currently, Ms. Barker is alive and well and had the chance to see herself dance in some of her "soudies". You can too.