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    Photo:  Wikipedia

    Josephine

    Josephine Baker, the St. Louis-born performer, spy and activist, will be reinterred on Nov. 30 in the PanthĂ©on monument in Paris, the first Black woman to receive one of the highest honors France bestows on its citizens.

    Baker moved to France in 1925, where her career as a singer and dancer exploded. During World War II, she joined the French resistance. She was the only female speaker at the 1963 March on Washington.

    Baker was also famously bisexual. I assume she is not being honored for that . . . although we are talking about France here.

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