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Cool people post. [Dec. 7th, 2006|11:01 pm]
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Where the Hell is Matt? An oldie, but I like it. :)

Josephine Baker was only fifteen when she made her New York singing and dancing debut in 1921 in the all-black revue Shuffle Along. After 504 perfomances she emigrated to Paris to escape the racism of the United States.Baker achieved instant fame as huge crowds rushed to see her nude stage show called La Rebue Negre; to keep the momentum going, she also starred in the Folies Bergere wearing nothing but a G-string of bananas. By 1926, she had her own nightclub, impressing much of Paris with her beauty and grace. Becoming a French citizen in 1937, she worked tirelessly for the French Army during World War II and later for the NAACP to help end racial prejudice in the United Sates. In her later years, she adopted twelve children of all races, dubbing them her “rainbow tribe”.

[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-08 06:09 am (UTC)
I like them both, but I'm not aware of much work for any national, worldy or otherwise greater good that Bettie was part of. Are you aware of any?
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[User Picture]From: electrosoundwav
2006-12-08 07:02 am (UTC)
Not that I can recall
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-08 07:07 am (UTC)
When I'm not so tired I'll do some research.
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[User Picture]From: theprimrosepath
2006-12-08 03:11 pm (UTC)

Bettie Page

Not charity work, per se, but she converted to Christianity late in life, sometime after her marriage, and worked secretly for a christian organization - or so says the article on Wikipedia.

Not the philanthropist Miss Josephine was, but still a pretty fascinating lady. She was born in my home town, and graduated from an academic magnet highschool - one grade point shy of a scholarship to Vanderbilt. Pretty impressive. She broke just about every mold the 1950's had for women. She's a hero too, I think, just in different ways than Josephine Baker. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-08 04:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Bettie Page

Absolutely. :)
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