Adoptive Affinities: Josephine Baker's Humanist International

Eburne, Jonathan P.
November 2007
S&F Online;Fall2007/Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1/2, p1
Academic Journal
This article examines performer Josephine Baker's efforts to establish the village of Les Milandes in Dordogne, France. With her husband, Baker purchased the chateau and much of the village of Les Milandes in December 1947. After a fraught tour of the U.S. in 1951, Baker became increasingly militant in the use of her celebrity to fight segregation in the U.S. In 1953, she adopted a Korean orphan while on tour in Japan. She adopted eight more children between 1953 and 1956. With the chateau of Les Milandes as the home base of the ethnically and religiously diverse children, Baker promoted her village in Dordogne as a global village.


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