Lunchbox Lecture Series: Josephine Baker ‘The Black Pearl’ in the French Resistance

Thursday, February 22, 2018 – noon

 Bedford Area Welcome Center – 816 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford, VA

National D-Day Memorial Foundation President April Cheek-Messier explores how Josephine Baker became an unlikely spy for the French Resistance in WWII.

Growing up poor in the streets of St. Louis, Missouri and struggling to survive in an American society plagued with racism, Baker eventually left the United States and became a cabaret sensation in Paris. There she offered her services as a spy, noting to the head of the French Intelligence Service, “The people of Paris have given me everything. They have given me their hearts, and I have given them mine. I am ready to give them my life.”

During her time in the Resistance, Baker collected invaluable information on German troop movements while hiding war refugees in her home. After the war, Baker received the Croix de Guerre and the Medal of Resistance. This fascinating talk is in celebration of Black History Month.

The talk is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.