Josephine Baker makes her mark in Paris again, a century later

The jazz legend is the first black woman to join the prestigious French Pantheon

01 December 2021 - 19:56 By Benoit Van Overstraeten

Josephine Baker, the famed French American singer and dancer, has been inducted into the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris — one of France’s highest honours — at a ceremony attended by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Baker, who also served in the French Resistance during World War 2 and was a prominent civic rights activist after the war, is the first black woman and sixth woman to enter the Pantheon, a Paris landmark dominating the city’s Latin Quarter...

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