Josephine Baker

American-born French dancer, singer, and actress (1906-1975)

Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald, naturalised French Joséphine Baker; 3 June 190612 April 1975) was an American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent and civil rights activist.

Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.

QuotesEdit

  • I believe in action. … I believe in doing rather than talking. All my life I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice. This is why I traveled all over the world to adopt 11 youngsters.
    • "Jo Baker helps civil rights groups : Renowned star 'deeply concerned', Jet Vol. 25, No. 19 (27 February 1964), p. 60
  • Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
    • Josephine (1977), Ch. 16 of memoirs written with assistance of Jo Bouillon; also in Women's Words: The Columbia Book of Quotations by Women (1996) edited by Mary Biggs, p. 146

Quotes about BakerEdit

 
She became part of the hearts and minds of French people. ~ Emmanuel Macron

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