Josephine Baker was a renowned French vedette who gained fame as a singer, dancer and actor. One of her most eminent performances was in the show, ‘Un Vent de Foile’ in 1972. Her act created a sensation all over Paris and her costume become the talk of the town. She marked the ‘Jazz Age’ during the 1920’s. She was also the first person of African descent to star in a big motion movie titled ‘Zouzou’. She is also noted for her contributions to ‘Civil Rights Movement’. She is not only known for her notable performances but also remembered for her refusal to perform in the United States for segregated audiences. She was felicitated with the award of ‘Croix de Guerre’ after the war by the French Military and General Charles de Gaulle named her ‘Chevalier of the Legion d’honneur’. Here is a collection of quotations and sayings by the acclaimed entertainer who was also celebrated by the artists and intellectuals of that era. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Josephine Baker, the sensational artist with a winsome smile and expressive voice.
My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose... Africa... but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race... in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.
Beautiful? It's all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest... beautiful, no. Amusing, yes.
I ran away from home. I ran away from St. Louis, and then I ran away from the United States of America, because of that terror of discrimination, that horrible beast which paralyzes one's very soul and body.
The hate directed against the colored people here in St. Louis has always given me a sad feeling... 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?
When I was a child and they burned me out of my home, I was frightened and I ran away. Eventually I ran far away. It was to a place called France. Many of you have been there, and many have not. But I must tell you, ladies and gentlemen, in that country I never feared. It was like a fairyland place.
Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the 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.
I remember when Lindbergh arrived in Paris, I was one of the first persons to know about his landing, because as the French people know that I was born in St. Louis, thinking I would be very proud to announce it to the public, they gave me the news first. I was then starring in the 'Folies Bergere.'