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Josephine Baker: March on Washington, 1963
July 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Scholar and artist Shawn Hart looks at the side of famed dancer and chanteuse Josephine Baker many don’t know about. Although Baker found fame and notoriety as an entertainer “outside” the United States, in her later years she used that notoriety to be a voice of protest during the 1960s civil rights struggle. In 1963 she was one of numerous African American celebrities who participated in the famous March on Washington. Listen to Baker’s stirring remarks made just before Reverend King took to the podium to make his iconic I Have a Dream speech. See rare, archival photographs of Baker in these later years—not the glamorous vixen, but the older, stateswoman activist who wanted to do her part in the struggle for social justice. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963-1975. Hart holds the Master of Fine Arts degree from Howard University.