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The extraordinary life of Josephine Baker with bestselling author Sherry Jones

Date: 25 May 2021, 7:00pm - 8:00pm (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

In the Paris of 1926, a new star was revealed in a music hall review, “La Revue Nègre”. It is the beginning of a remarkable career in France, and in the world, of a dancer, singer and actress, Josephine Baker. Born in 1906 in segregated St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine never forgot her humble origins and fought all her life for a more friendly and equitable world. She actively participated in the French Resistance for her adopted country, France, dedicated her time and energy to promote friendship and fraternity among nations, marched with Martin Luther King, and created the Rainbow Tribe, adopting 12 children from different countries and religions.

This is the exceptional journey that Sherry Jones shares with us in her book, Josephine’s Last Dance. Journalist and novelist, Sherry Jones writes historical fiction, especially about women of strength and determination, in books such as Four Sisters, All Queens and The Sharp Hook of Love. The story of Josephine Baker appealed to her because she exemplified these qualities.

Join us on Tuesday, May 25 at 7pm, with author Sherry Jones, who will share the remarkable story of Josephine Baker, an extraordinary woman who “pursued her goals with passion and succeeded even beyond her wildest imaginings”.

In preparation, we recommend that you read Ms. Jones’ book and submit any questions you may have for the author to this email address : camille@afwestchesterny.org. You may also want to watch some videos of Josephine Baker, which are easily accessible on YouTube, such as this one, from a concert she gave in 1968, or this one, from an interview she gave in 1960 aboard the SS Liberty.

This event is free to attend by AFW members and their guests.

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