(WALA) - Josephine Baker, nicknamed the 'Black Pearl', was an American-born French dancer and the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture. She broke down racial barriers with her exotic beauty, and transformed herself from a street child from St. Louis into a world-famous entertainer during a time when racism was peaking.
Even though she moved to France, Baker showed her support for the American Civil Rights Movement when she, in an act of protesting racism, adopted 12 multi-ethnic orphans. She called her adopted family the 'Rainbow Tribe'.
She turned down a Civil Rights Movement leadership award, offered to her by Coretta Scott King in 1968, for assisting the French military during World War II, and for being the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor known as the Croix de Guerre. She is famously known for smuggling military intelligence to French allies during World War II by writing secrets inside her dresses, and writing useful information in invisible ink on her sheet music.
By refusing to perform for segregated audiences in the U.S., Baker played an interval role in desegregation. She stood at the side of Martin Luther King, Jr. and spoke at the March on Washington in 1963.
Baker's work with the NAACP impressed Coretta Scott King so much that she asked Baker to take Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's place as leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, after King was assassinated. Baker declined after many days of considering the offer. She responded that her children were "...too young to lose their mother."
Josephine Baker, in her day, was the most successful American entertainer working in France, and was also nicknamed the 'Bronze venus' and the 'Creole Goddess'.
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