Josephine Baker


Lorde may be the latest pure heroine, and first to phrase it as such, but a look through history displays many other icons, all woman of beauty, power and bravery. And also, martyrs for their cause.

Let’s just hope we don’t follow into the latter category…

Josephine Baker:

Image Courtesy Katherine Henderson

Image Courtesy Katherine Henderson

Yes, Josephine Baker, that Josephine Baker (born in 1906 St. Louis, Missouri as Freda Josephine McDonald), was a

risqué entertainer in 1920’s Paris.

Yet she was also a civil rights activist in the 50’s and 60’s America.

Picture a regal  woman, distinguished and strong,

speaking at rallies with Martin Luther King Junior’s and his wife,

Coretta Scott King,

and helping with the French Resistance during WWII.

Awarded numerous awards, including  the Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur and the Croix de guerre after the war.

She also adopted what she called her “Rainbow Tribe”,

children of all colors and backgrounds,

including Moroccan Stellina, Finnish Jari, Ivorian Koffi, Venezuelan Mara,

and eight others.

She spoke both French and English fluently,

and was friends with Princess Grace (née Kelly)

of Monaco.

Very inspirational for a girl who dropped out of school

at thirteen.

Signing off,




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