Who is Josephine Baker?

Josephine Baker was a dancer and singer who became wildly popular in France during the 1920s. [She] spent her youth in poverty before learning to dance and finding success on Broadway. In the 1920s, she moved to France and soon became one of Europe's most popular and highest-paid performers. She worked for the French Resistance during World War II, and during the 1950s and 1960s devoted herself to fighting segregation and racism in the United States. 

“Americans, the eyes of the world are upon you. How can you expect the world to believe in you and respect your preaching of democracy when you yourself treat your colored brothers as you do?”

Josephine Baker. Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images

Source(s): Excerpts from Biography