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Sun Nov 28, 2021, 09:29 AM

1. Seven Surprising Things You Probably Didn't Know about Josephine Baker

Despite being a daughter of St. Louis, MO, for many years Josephine Baker was a virtually unknown name to the average American. These days, as we have come to learn more about Black history and its figures, Ms. Baker has come to be regarded as one of the most dynamic and influential people in history, a fact that France, her beloved adopted country, has known for a century.

After almost a decade of advocacy by her family, the French President, Emmanuel Marcon, has finally agreed to move Ms. Bakerís remains to the Pantheon Mausoleum at the end of the month on November 30th, where French luminaries such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire and Marie Curie are among those buried. This will make Josephine the first Black woman to receive such an honour and only the sixth woman overall. Itís just one in a lifetime of many firsts that Josephine Baker will have accomplished on her fascinating but tumultuous road to becoming an entertainment icon. So without further ado, a few things you probably didnít know about Ms. Baker Ö.





They say beyond the seas,
There beneath the pale sky,

There exists a city, an enchanted escape.
And under the big black trees,
each night,
Towards it go all my hopes.

I have two loves.
My country and Paris.
Always by these two
My heart is delighted.

Manhattan is beautiful,
But what good to deny it:
What bewitches me, is Paris,
it's only Paris.
To see it one day,
that's my dearest wish.
I have two loves,
My country and Paris.


March on Washington had one female speaker: Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker is perhaps best remembered as a glamorous showgirl in 1920s and í30s Paris who mothballed her skimpy costumes to serve in the French Resistance before becoming an international superstar. She was also the only woman to speak at the March on Washington.

Wearing her Free French uniform with her Legion of Honor decoration, the 57-year-old Baker had flown in from France, her adopted homeland, for the occasion. She had not been wanted at the event by all of its organizers, several of whom thought the girl from St. Louis had become a woman of France, out of touch with U.S. civil rights issues. But Baker was friendly with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and her managers worked to get her on the program.



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