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St. Louis History in Black and White: From Dred Scott to Barack Obama

 

Josephine Baker: 1906-1975

World renowned singer-dancer-actress Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis in 1906.  For the next 69 years of her life, she knew the despair of poverty, fame on the stage, heroism in war, the sting of discrimination and the power of inclusion.  At the root of all of it was her early years in St. Louis.  On the occasion of her centennial, we talked about Baker with Professor of African American Studies at USC-San Diego Benetta Jules-Rosette, the author of Two Loves…Josephine Baker in Art and Life; Mary Strauss, owner of the Fox Theater; Olivia Lahs-Gonzalez, Curator of the Josephine Baker Centennial Exhibit at the Sheldon Art Gallery.


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Contributors:

Professor of African American Studies at USC-San Diego Benetta Jules-Rosette, the author of Two Loves…Josephine Baker in Art and Life

Mary Strauss, owner of the Fox Theater

Olivia Lahs-Gonzalez, Curator of the Josephine Baker Centennial Exhibit at the Sheldon Art Gallery

 

 

Additional information about this episode:

Historical photo gallery

Wallpaper photos

Jazz Age history from Rutgers

Vanity Fair Portrait

Movie photo

Photo of Baker dancing the Charleston

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