Josephine Baker #100travelHERS
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Birth: June 3, 1906; St. Louis, Missouri
Death: April 12, 1975; Paris, France
Occupation: Singer, dancer, actor , French spy during WWII, Civil Rights activist
Notable journeys: Sailed for Paris the first time at age 19 on October 2, 1925, where she performed erotic dances, including her infamous “Banana Dance.” During WWII, traveled to Morocco, Spain, and Egypt and used her dance company as a cover for gathering intelligence for the French Resistance. Refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and was active in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, though she remained based in France.
Notable work: Countless stage performances; several movie appearances, including Zouzou, in which she was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture. FBI files on her surveillance activities.
Quote: “The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.”