Josephine Baker



I realize that I slacked off towards the end of March for National Women’s History Month. School is brutal. Since March is coming to a close, I thought that I would do one last post.

Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. She became a citizen of France in 1937 and was fluent in both French and English. She soon became an international icon. She was given such nicknames as the “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, and the “Créole Goddess”.

Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to racially integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (she was offered the unofficial leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King in 1968 following Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination, but turned it down), for assisting the French during World War II, and for receiving the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

She was obviously an extraordinary woman, and one who should be honored.



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