On November 30, 2021, the world-famous artist, activist, and humanist Josephine Baker (1906-1975), who was born in St. Louis, will receive one of France’s highest honors: re-burial at the Panthéon, the national monument for the country’s most distinguished citizens. In conjunction with this honor, “The Land on Which We Dance: Reclaiming the Spaces of Black Dance in St. Louis,” a Divided City Research Working Group, is co-sponsoring two events to honor Ms. Baker here in her hometown. Both are free and open to the public, but advanced registration requested.

Josephine Baker: Artist and Activist

Friday, December 3, 7-8:30pm

Emerson Performance Center, Harris-Stowe State University, 3031 Laclede Avenue

Ms. Baker is being honored by France because she was an exceptional player in the Resistance against Nazi occupation in World War Two. An anti-racist activist, Josephine Baker will be the first black woman to be honored in the Parisian necropolis. (see here).

Join us for an evening in partnership with The Griot Museum of Black History to celebrate Josephine Baker through dance performances by Heather Beal, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Ashleyliane Dance Company, and the Best Dance and Talent Center.

For More About Tonight’s Artists:

Best Dance and Talent Center:

Ashleyliane Dance Company:

Tracy Stanton:

Heather Beal:

Antonio Douthit-Boyd:

Kirven Douthit-Boyd:

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[Due to Covid protocols, seating is limited.]

The Griot Museum

The Griot Museum of Black History, located in St. Louis, Missouri, was founded in 1997. Originally named The Black World History Wax Museum, the organization changed its name to The Griot Museum of Black History in 2009.

Address: 2505 St Louis Ave, St. Louis, MO 63106