American Masters

Alvin Ailey on Chauncey Green, the friend who saved his life

Clip: 01/11/2022 | 2m 56s | Video has closed captioning.

Ailey describes his "blood memories" and growing up during the Great Depression in Texas, where he met a friend who had a lasting impact on his life. "Chauncey saved my life. ... Chauncey Green, I shall never forget him."

Aired: 01/11/22

Rating: NR

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