A diamond was formed by coal. All of the struggles of his past led to the creation of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in 1958. His early life was plagued with racists attacks and fear. But when Alvin Ailey found dance, he found an instrument to break barriers. His dance company is known as the "cultural ambassador to the world", and revolutionized the roles of African-Americans in dance. He is a pioneer and legend and his legacy lives on beyond his years. He shows that the obstacles you overcome in your early years can create a masterpiece later on.