Nena Gilreath

On the November 16 edition of The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK we celebrated Ballethnic, as they present the 25th showing of The Urban Nutcracker for the holiday season.  Performances will be held on December 9 and 10 at the King Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. Ballethnic, founded by Waverly Lucas II and Nena Gilreath, is the first African American ballet company in Atlanta.

WCLK congratulates Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas II—among the newest inductees into the Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame. In 1990, this dynamic duo turned old classrooms in an unused East Point school into staging areas where young black children learned ballet. Both Gilreath (a classically trained prima ballerina) and Lucas (a choreographer) are former Dance Theater of Harlem performers who have traveled the world showcasing their craft. They founded the Ballethnic Dance Company to bring the artistry and discipline of dance to children of color in urban Atlanta communities.

WCLK congratulates Winifred Watts Hemphill—among the newest inductees into the Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame. A graduate of Howard University Law School, this great grand-daughter of a former Georgia slave is president of South-View Cemetery. The cemetery was developed on a 25 acre property her grandfather and four other freedmen purchased in 1886. This historic cemetery now sits on 100 acres and is the final resting place for Rev.