Josephine Baker: Entertainer and Activist

Debra Greene

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Josephine Baker was the first African American to become a world-famous singer and dancer. Josephine’s parents were performers who taught her to sing and dance as a child.  She began working as a servant at a young age, then joined a dance group at the age of fifteen. She traveled for many years and was very popular all over the world.

During World War II, she secretly gathered information for the French army while she traveled. After the war, the French gave her medals to thank her for her work. Josephine adopted eleven children of all different races and was a part of America’s Civil Rights movement. Josephine Baker was an amazing woman who influenced people all over the world with her powerful personality and strong beliefs.

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