DENVER (CBS4) – Misty Copeland shattered diversity barriers when she became the first African American principal ballerina dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States.
On Wednesday, she met with CBS4’s Britt Moreno before speaking at the Colorado Women’s Foundation annual luncheon, which is sponsored by CBS4.READ MORE: Kit Carson Peak Climber Madeline Baharlou-Quivey's Body Retrieved By Rescue Crews, Helicopter
Moreno asked Copeland, 34, about the recent athletes kneeling during the national anthem, including Denver Broncos Brandon Marshall.READ MORE: Latino Community Across Colorado Prepares To Celebrate Día De Los Muertos
“I think it’s important for us to be individuals and to stand up for what we believe in. As Americans, we should have that right. That is what America is supposed to stand for is freedom of speech,” said Copeland.
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Copeland also has a message for young women and girls, she wants them to see that it’s powerful is to be unique.