Harold Jackman Memorial Committee
Josephine Baker stands with arms raised wearing an evening gown and headdress
Countee Cullen-Harold Jackman memorial collection
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Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
African American entertainers; Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975; Sexual minorities
This week’s challenge for #19ForThe19th from @usnatarchives is Outspoken Women and we’re highlighting legendary singer, dancer, and activist Josephine Baker. Baker was the first African American woman to star in a major motion picture, the silent film “Siren of the Tropics” in 1927. As a civil rights activist Baker worked closely with the NAACP and refused to play for segregated audiences in America. This image of Baker was featured in our GLAM Center for Collaborative Teaching & Learning’s featured collection for LGBTQ+ Pride Month: http://glam.auctr.edu/collections/show/56. You can see this image and many other fantastic photographs in person, including works by famed photographer Carl Van Vechten, in our Archives Research Center’s Countee Cullen-Harold Jackman Memorial collection. #RightfullyHers