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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 Panthéon 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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