Well, let me tell you, the flapper era was quite a time to be alive! And as a young woman, I was right in the middle of it all. I'm Josephine Baker, and I'm sure you've heard of me, the queen of the Charleston and the Banana Dance! But let me tell you, there's more to me than just my moves. Born in Missouri in 1906, the world had no idea what a gem I would become.
During the 1920s, I was one of the most famous entertainers in the world, and I did it all with style and sass. I was one of the first black women to become a successful entertainer in Paris, and I quickly became known for my daring costumes and my wild dancing. But it wasn't just about the entertainment for me - I knew I could use my fame to make a difference.
As a black woman, I knew firsthand the struggles of discrimination and racism, and I wasn't going to take it lying
down. So, I used my platform to fight for civil rights, speaking out against segregation and inequality. I even refused to perform in front of segregated audiences, which caused quite a stir at the time! But I was determined to make a change, and I wasn't going to let anyone stop me.
So in the end, I may have been known for my wild flapper style and my dancing, but I was also a woman who fought for what was right. And I'm proud to say that I made a difference, not just in the entertainment world, but in the civil rights movement too.
Encyclopedia Britannica. (n.d.). Josephine Baker. In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved March 9, 2023 from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Josephine-Baker
National Women's History Museum. (2017). Josephine Baker. Retrieved March 9, 2023, from https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/josephine-baker