Celebrating Josephine Baker

Celebrating Josephine Baker

Join us on Nov. 30th at Graham Chapel to celebrate Josephine Baker.

Please join us in Graham Chapel for a celebration of St. Louis-born Josephine Baker: performing artist, fashion icon, Resistance hero, adoptive mother to a “Rainbow Tribe” of twelve children from different countries, speaker at the 1963 March on Washington – and now, the first woman of color to be entombed as a French national hero in the Panthéon. 

Special guests including St. Louis mayor Tishaura Jones, Washington University chancellor Andrew Martin, general consul of France Yannick Tagand, musical performances by WashU students, and fifth-graders from the French Immersion School will help our panel of artists, performers, and scholars pay tribute to the incomparable Josephine Baker. 

This celebration is sponsored by French Connexions, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Divided City initiative. A detailed program is forthcoming. 

*image- Van Vechten, Carl, photographer. Portrait of Josephine Baker. , 1951. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2004662546/

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