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Josephine also participated in the 1963 March on Washington, and later that year gave

a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall for the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent

Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

 

 

Books about Josephine Baker

 

Josephine Baker: The Hungry Heart / Josephine Baker in Art and Life / Josephine Baker: Image and Icon / Josephine

 

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Josephine Baker 

(1906-1975)

Actress, Dancer, Freedom Fighter

 

Josephine Baker (1906-1975)born Freda Josephine Carson in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 3, 1906 Carrie McDonald and vaudeville drummer Eddie Carsonbecame probably the most famous woman in France, if not in the entire world, for her  performances on stage as a dancer as well as her fight against the Nazis to liberate France and her love of orphan children.

In the 1920s her comic yet sensual stage presence took Europe by storm. Known as the "Black Venus," she was lavished with gifts. She maintained her celebrity status until her death in 1975. American racism however prevented her from being fully appreciated in the United States, the place of her birth.

Her mother Carrie, abandoned shortly after Josephine's birth,  was reduced to a washerwoman in order to care for herself and her daughter. Josephine also grew up cleaning the houses of and caring for the children of wealthy white families.

And independent woman, Josephine married four times first to Willie Wells (very brief), them to American Willie Baker in 192, Frenchman Jean Lion in 1937 (through whom she became a  French citizen) and French orchestra leader Jo Bouillon in 1947 (who was with her when she adopted 12 children).

In 1919, Josephine toured the US with The Jones Family Band and The Dixie Steppers. She also eventually appeared in Eubie Blake's Shuffle Along. Her comic antics in this production gained her a reputation. As a member of  La Revue Nègre, Josephine captivated the Parisian audience with her dance partner Joe Alex with the Danse Sauvage; boldly dressed in a feather skirt with uninhibited movements, she worked the audience into a frenzy and became a Parisian sensation.

Josephine later starred in La Folie du Jour at the Follies-Bergère Theater, draped in a costume of 16 bananas strung into a skirt. In the early 30s she starred in two movies Zou-Zou and Princess Tam-Tam. Josephine baker was probably the most photographed woman of her times, probably more so than Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford.

Her returned to the US in the Ziegfield Follies was an emotional downturn. One editorialist of the NY Times referred to her as a "Negro wench." Josephine returned to Paris and those who loved her.

During World War II, Josephine performed for French troops and worked uncover smuggling secret documents. She was also a sub-lieutenant in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and was thereafter awarded the Medal of the Resistance with Rosette and named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government for hard work and dedication.

Her returns to the US in the 50s and 60s were not fully the disaster of twenty years earlier. She renewed her vigor in fighting American racism and engaged pro-segregationist Walter Winchell. In 1951, the NAACP named May 20,  Josephine Baker Day.

Josephine also participated in the 1963 March on Washington, and later that year gave a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall for the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). She received a standing ovation before her performance began

At a performance April 8, 1975 at the Bobino Theater in Paris, celebrities such as Princess Grace of Monaco and Sophia Loren came to see the 68-year-old Josephine perform a medley of routines from her 50 year career. Days later, however, Josephine slipped into a coma and died from a cerebral hemorrhage at 5 a.m. on April 12.

With more than 20,000 people crowding the streets of Paris, the French government honored Josephine Baker with a 21-gun salute, making Josephine Baker the first American woman buried in France with military honors. Her gravesite is in the Cimetiére de Monaco, Monaco.

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America.

This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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Age of Silver: Encounters with Great Photographers

By John Loengard

Age of Silver is iconic American photographer John Loengard’s ode to the art form to which he dedicated his life. Loengard, a longtime staff photographer and editor for LIFE magazine and other publications, spent years documenting modern life for the benefit of the American public. Over the years he trained his camera on dignitaries, artists, athletes, intellectuals, blue and whitecollar workers, urban and natural landscapes, manmade objects, and people of all types engaged in the act of living. In Age of Silver, Loengard gathers his portraits of some of the most important photographers of the last half-century, including Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many, many others. Loengard caught them at home and in the studio; posed portraits and candid shots of the artists at work and at rest.   Complimenting these revealing, expertly composed portraits are elegant photographs of the artists holding their favorite or most revered negatives. This extra dimension to the project offers an inside peek at the artistic process and is a stark reminder of the physicality of the photographic practice at a time before the current wave of digital dominance.

There is no more honest or faithful reproduction of life existent in the world of image making than original, untouched silver negatives.   Far from an attempt to put forth a singular definition of modern photographic practice, this beautifully printed, duotone monograph instead presents evidence of the unique vision and extremely personal style of every artist pictured. Annie Leibovitz is quoted in her caption as once saying, “I am always perplexed when people say that a photograph has captured someone. A photograph is just a piece of them in a moment. It seems presumptuous to think you can get more than that.”PowerhouseBooks

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Allah, Liberty, and Love

The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

By Irshad Manji

In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to transcend the fears that stop so many of us from living with honest-to-God integrity: the fear of offending others in a multicultural world as well as the fear of questioning our own communities. Since publishing her international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She shows how any of us can reconcile faith with freedom and thus discover the Allah of liberty and love—the universal God that loves us enough to give us choices and the capacity to make them. Among the most visible Muslim reformers of our era, Manji draws on her experience in the trenches to share stories that are deeply poignant, frequently funny and always revealing about these morally confused times.

What prevents young Muslims, even in the West, from expressing their need for religious reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims about openly supporting liberal voices within Islam? How did we get into the mess of tolerating intolerable customs, such as honor killings, and how do we change that noxious status quo?

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Power in Words The Stories behind Barack

Obama's Speeches from the State House to the White House

By Mary Frances Berry and Josh Gottheimer

Whatever his policies and actions, President Obama is widely regarded as a powerful speaker. Berry and Gottheimer offer a collection of 18 of Obama’s most important speeches, illustrating his ascent as a politician and subtle changes in style and consistency of message—one of unity, responsibility, and change. The editors include historical context for changes in style, delivery, use of speechwriters, and media for presidential speeches since George Washington and how Obama fits into the tradition. The collection begins with Obama’s speech against the war in Iraq in 2002 when he was still a state senator; it also includes his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention that launched him into the national spotlight; his presidential campaign announcement in Springfield, Illinois, in 2007; his speech on race in Philadelphia; and concludes with his election night speech in Grant Park in Chicago.

The editors precede each speech with commentary from speechwriters, journalists, and political analysts on the behind-the-scenes context for the speech and how it illustrates Obama’s development as a candidate. A revealing look at the power of words.Booklist

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Millennial Momentum

How a New Generation Is Remaking America

By Morley Winograd and Mr. Michael D. Hais

About every eight decades, coincident with the most stressful and perilous events in U.S. history—the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the Great Depression and World War II—a new, positive, accomplished, and group-oriented “civic generation” emerges to change the course of history and remake America. The Millennial Generation (born 1982–2003) is America’s newest civic generation. In their 2008 book, Millennial Makeover, Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais made a prescient argument that the Millennial Generation would change American politics for good. Later that year, a huge surge of participation from young voters helped to launch Barack Obama into the White House. Now, in Millennial Momentum, Winograd and Hais investigate how the beliefs and practices of the Millennials are transforming other areas of American culture, from education to entertainment, from the workplace to the home, and from business to politics and government. The Millennials’ cooperative ethic and can-do spirit have only just begun to make their mark, and are likely to continue to reshape American values for decades to come.

Drawing from an impressive array of demographic data, popular texts, and personal interviews, the authors show how the ethnically diverse, socially tolerant, and technologically fluent Millennials can help guide the United States to retain its leadership of the world community and the global marketplace. They also illustrate why this generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome the internal culture wars and institutional malaise currently plaguing the country. Millennial Momentum offers a message of hope for a deeply divided nation.Rutgers University Press

 

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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