May 5, 1986
KATHERINE DUNHAM, WORLD-RENOWNED SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGIST, CHOREOGRAPHER AND PRODUCER, APPOINTED DEPUTY COORDINATOR OF WORLD CULTURAL COMMISSION OF WORLD GOVERNMENT BY WORLD CITIZEN GARRY DAVIS
Port-au-Prince, May 5-Katherine Dunham, scintillating star and creator of world-famous dance troupes, author of eight books, lecturer (U. of Chicago, Yale, Royal Anthropological Society, London, Paris, U. of California, etc.), movie actress (6 films), holder of nine honorary doctorates in Fine Arts, founder/teacher of schools of dance, theatre and cultural arts in Chicago, New York, Haiti, Stockholm, Paris and Italy, technical cultural advisor to governments, recipient of hundreds of awards from Chevalier, Haitian Legion of Honor and Merit (1952) to the Albert Schweitzer Music Award (1979) and Kennedy Center Honors Award (1983), subject of seven biographies, initiate as High Priestess in the Voodoo religion, lover of humanity and citizen of the world, has been appointed Deputy Coordinator of the World Cultural Commission, headed by humanitarian and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, of the World Government of World Citizens, by its founder and World coordinator, Garry Davis, presently in Haiti to establish a World Government office.
"...no overt honor nor even deed," Davis' letter of appointment of May 3, 1986, stated in part, "can measure the love of humanity by which a single human is innately and personally motivated. This primal urge-sometimes defined as a 'great soul'-distinguishes those rare and precious personages who throughout history have revolutionized sterile and static social structures, revitalising the human mind and heart with an example of humanity itself, rising above distinctions, incorporated into that single human being. Your life, viewed wholly, is an inspiring example of that joyful union, particularly in your chosen field of culture..."
Dunham, a permanent resident of Haiti since 1950 when she acquired the spectacular Habitation LeClerc-three miles from Port-au-Prince-former residence of General LeClerc whose wife was Pauline Bonaparte, accepted the appointment in a letter dated May 4, 1986.
The World Cultural Commission, one of twelve world commissions, all headed by experts in their field, derives its essential mandate from Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific achievement and its benefits."
Other Commissions are: Communications (Syd Cassyd), Cybernetics (Stafford Beer), Design-Science (Wm. Perk), Economics (Louis Kelso), Forestry (Badi Lenz), Global Political Asylum (John Steinbruck), Health (Michio Kushi), Ocean (Edward R. Welles), Space (Isaac Asimov), Women (Georgia Lloyd), Education (Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati).