Saturday, February 27, 2010

Black History Month Spotlight

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American expatriate entertainer. She is most recognized as a singer and dancer (or as I would say a showgirl). She became a French citizen in 1937. She was also the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de Guerre. Although based in France, Baker supported the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s. She refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States. She protested in her own way against racism, adopting 12 multi-ethnic orphans, whom she called the "Rainbow Tribe."

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