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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Daily LIFT #219

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Josephine Baker at the Civil Rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963

-- Daily LIFT #219

The famed entertainer and civil rights activist attended the March on Washington in August, 1963 at which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Baker was in her Free French military uniform and wearing her medals. During the war she had courageously worked as a spy and helped the Free French. For these actions she was made a lieutenant in the Free French Air Force and was awarded the French Croix de guerre and the Rosette de la Résistance medals as well as being made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.

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