Waverly T. Lucas II

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...

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. Martin Luther King, Sr., Alonzo Herndon (the founder...

One of Atlanta's great family holiday traditions is the Ballethnic Dance Company's Urban Nutcracker, in performance this week November 20-23 at the Robert Ferst Center for The Arts at Georgia Tech. This trek down Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Avenue includes ballet, tap, and other dance pieces and also reggae dolls spinning and black Russians leaping, all led by Brown Sugar. Ballethnic Dance Company Co-Founder Waverly T. Lucas II joined Rivablue on the Midday Jazz Swing on WCLK to talk about it: For...

Jay Edwards and Waverly T. Lucas II discuss the upcoming presentation of the Urban Nutcracker which will be at the Ferst Center For The Arts running from Nov. 21-24. The first Nutcracker of the season, Urban Nutcracker takes place on Atlanta’s own Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940s and opens the weekend before Thanksgiving. Enjoy the soulful celebration, the majestic journey, the whimsical and mysterious characters such as the Reggae Ragdolls, the sultry Arabian dance, the spins and leaps of...