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What: In April 2015, Copeland was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine and a new documentary film about her life called A Ballerina’s Tale was released in October 2015. Copeland has talked publicly about the harmful influence of the stereotypes about being a ballerina and also how being the first African American Principal Dancer makes her an important role model for children of color.

Target grade level: Grades 2-5

Source: Anti-Defamation League

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Misty Copeland on Ballet Glass Ceiling 1