She Did It

Person to Know
Katherine Dunham
Original Publication
February 5, 2019
Last Updated
Jan 16, 2023 3:42 AM
DanceWomanAnthropologyQuotes to Live By

I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone. Now I want "She did it." 👩🏾‍🦱 Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham, PhD (1909-2006) was a choreographer, dancer, and anthropologist. She used her anthropology research to bring ethnic dance styles to the stage, taking much of her inspiration from the Caribbean and Brazil. Dr. Dunham didn't stop with bringing blackness into art, she was active in our every day plight. In 1992 she orchestrated a 47-day hunger strike to raise awareness about Haitian refugees. She is a published author (she also used the pseudonym Kaye Dunn) and the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts.

The “Quotes to Live By” series was originally posted to my Instagram in 2019. Due to the original medium, these posts are fairly short and not meant to be exhausted biographies.


  1. "Katherine Dunham". Encyclopædia Britannica. June 18, 2018
  2. "Katherine Dunham Biography". Katherine Dunham Center for Arts and Humanities; visited February 2019

Other Posts to View


Related Black History



Related Black History


Related Poetry


Related Experience


Related Studies


Related Podcasts

Racism Should Never Have Happened
Quotes to Live ByAuthorWoman
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
March 7, 2019
A Desire For Mercy
LawyerManEducationQuotes to Live By
Bryan Stevenson
February 24, 2019
People Don’t Want Change
Quotes to Live ByManSports
Colin Kaepernick
February 24, 2019
Build Up Without Tearing Down
Quotes to Live ByManGovernment OfficialReligious LeaderEducation
Hiram Rhodes Revesl
February 24, 2019
Nothing Can Be Changed Until it is Faced
ManAuthorQuotes to Live By
James Baldwin
February 14, 2019
Where Justice is Denied
ManQuotes to Live ByAuthorAbolitionistGovernment Official
Frederick Douglass
February 7, 2019
Protest Openly
EducationQuotes to Live ByEntreprenuerWoman
Mary McLeod Bethune
February 1, 2019
La Belle et la Bête
Saartije “Sara” Baartman
February 19, 2014
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Misty Copeland
February 5, 2014
Dr. Ruth Simmons
February 2, 2014
PSALMS to God is a blog, podcast, and YouTube channel that discusses many topics and issues, always keeping YHWH as the anchor. Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”—here, the aim is to always ask questions and study to find the answers. You can keep up with new content by signing up for the weekly newsletter.