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The wind at my back : resilience, grace, and other gifts from my mentor, Raven Wilkinson / Misty Copeland, with Susan Fales-Hill.

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 921 COP (Text) 33500013711056 New Available -
Roseau Public Library 921 COP (Text) 35500006623407 New Checked out 12/14/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538753859
  • ISBN: 1538753855
  • ISBN: 9781538740170
  • ISBN: 1538740176
  • ISBN: 9781538740187
  • ISBN: 1538740184
  • ISBN: 9781538740194
  • ISBN: 1538740192
  • Physical Description: 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
On the shoulders of giants -- It all began tonight -- A distant mirror -- Two women at the crossroads -- Never give up -- Taking flight -- Dreams deferred -- Black swans rock -- Blood, sweat, and swan queens -- Live by the swan, die by the swan -- Dreams realized -- The bells toll -- Taking Raven's breath away -- Transition -- Blackface, racial reckoning, and Raven's wish.
Summary, etc.:
"Misty Copeland made history as the first African-American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. Her talent, passion, and perseverance enabled her to make strides no one had accomplished before. But as she will tell you, achievement never happens in a void. Behind her, supporting her rise was her mentor, Raven Wilkinson, who had been virtually alone in her quest to breach the all-white ballet world when she fought to be taken seriously as a Black ballerina in the 1950s and 60s. A trailblazer in the world of ballet decades before Misty's time, Raven faced overt and casual racism, hostile crowds, and death threats for having the audacity to dance ballet. The Wind at My Back tells the story of two unapologetically Black ballerinas, their friendship, and how they changed each other--and the dance world--forever. Misty Copeland shares her own struggles with racism and exclusion in her pursuit of this dream career and honors the women like Raven who paved the way for her but whose contributions have gone unheralded. She celebrates the connection she made with Raven, the only teacher who could truly understand the obstacles she faced, beyond the technical or artistic demands. A beautiful and wise memoir of intergenerational friendship and the impressive journeys of two remarkable women, The Wind at My Back captures the importance of mentorship, of shared history, and of respecting the past to ensure a stronger future"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 October #2
    In 2015, groundbreaking dancer Copeland (Life in Motion, 2014) made history as the first African American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. Such an accomplishment didn't come without hard work, dedication, and confidence, as Copeland was often the only Black woman in the spaces she moved through. While watching a documentary, Copeland learned about Raven Wilkinson, a ballerina during the 1950s and '60s. Little did the author know, though, that Wilkinson had been following Copeland's entire career—and destiny would ultimately bring the two together. This book is Copeland's ode to the woman who would become her mentor. The two dancers found comfort in their shared experiences, and Wilkinson graciously offered the author wisdom on life, grief, love, and finding one's place in the world. Their friendship changed the world of classical dance. These pages are a heartfelt tribute to Wilkinson, who passed away in 2018, and an acknowledgment of her remarkable life and career. Copeland has gracefully accepted the challenge to continue to improve dance—and humanity—in honor of Wilkinson and all those who follow her. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Misty Copeland is a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Life in Motion, Ballerina Body, Black Ballerinas, and the children’s picture book Bunheads, as well as the award-winning children’s book, Firebird. She made her Broadway debut in 2015’s On the Town, putting a show that had reportedly been suffering financially for months into the Broadway box office top ten for the two weeks that she guest starred as Ivy Smith. She’s been featured in the New York Times and on CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes, and she was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year and Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Misty is the recipient of the Young, Gifted & Black Honor at the Black Girls Rock! Awards and the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP’s highest honor.

Subject: Copeland, Misty.
Wilkinson, Raven.
African American ballerinas > Biography.
African American ballerinas > Social conditions.
Ballerinas > United States > Biography.
Ballet dancers > United States > Biography.
Ballet > United States > History > 20th century.
Mentoring in the arts > United States.
Racism > United States.
Racism against Black people > United States.
Copeland, Misty.
Wilkinson, Raven.
African American ballerinas.
Ballet dancers.
Mentoring in the arts.
Racism against Black people.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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