Josephine Baker loved two things – her country and Paris. But which country? America, her birthplace, where she suffered under segregation, or France, where she was admired as a great musical star? Other black performers, like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and the black regimental bands in World War I found France was welcoming at a time when prejudice and segregation in America restricted their professional and private lives. In this talk I will tell you their story and play you their music.
This event is organised to mark Black History Month.
This is an online Zoom event. Booking is via Eventbrite – click here. You will be asked to make a donation to the Highgate Society.