Josephine Baker: The Exotic Activist

Josephine Baker, born in St. Louis in 1906, was an astonishing woman. From being the star of the Paris nightclubs and stage to her extensive work with the French underground in WWII to her work with Martin Luther King in the 1960's American Civil Rights Movement, she was indomitable. She was called "Bronze Venus," the "Black Pearl," and even the "Créole Goddess." Star of stage and screen, singer and activist, she became a woman of "firsts." ...more

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My Gathering of Women

I have a photo of Eleanor Roosevelt on my home office wall that my sister gave me. Eleanor peers down at me through her glasses and inside the frame I’ve attached the Eleanor quote: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”I am surrounded by women. I have postcard images of Toni Morrison, Amelia Earhart and Katharine Hepburn being Rosie in The African Queen. I have a Frieda Kahlo light switch. A souvenir Hillary for President bumper sticker....more