Freda Josephine McDonald Baker

Gracie Johnson

Birth and Death Date

Josephine Baker was born on June 3, 1906 and died on April 12, 1976.

Josephine's Childhood

What Happened When She was a Child?

During her childhood she lived with her father, mother, sister, and her two brothers. Josephine's father left her when she was very young. Later, when she was around eight or nine she babysat kids from wealthy white families, and most often she was being treated badly and disrespectfully. Also, later when she was thirteen, she ran away from her home and found a job as a waitress. Afterwards she started to revolve around dance after a while.

What is The Most Interesting Facts About Josephine?

The most interesting thing that I learned about Josephine is that she adopted twelve children, and didn't have any of her own, because she wasn't married. I also learned that May 20 is Josephine Baker Day which was named from NAACP because she was in the march for Martin Luther King in Washington D.C. and was one of the notable speakers and with her efforts they named a day after Freda Josephine McDonald Baker.
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What are the Best Words to Describe Josephine?

Inspirational- because: although she was a dancer and singer, she had the guts to stand up for what she believes in and follow her dreams.

Thoughtful- because she was willing to adopt twelve children to keep them safe throughout WW II and created the "rainbow tribe" because she didn't care about their skin color or how they looked, she did it because she loved them.