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Challenging the Color Line

By June 3, 2013

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Josephine Baker / Getty ImagesBorn on this day in 1906 as Freda McDonald, she used her second husband's last name, Baker, and her middle name, Josephine, as her professional name. From vaudeville and Broadway to her own jazz review mixed with comedy, she was a hit in Europe though the color line kept her from success in her homeland. Read more: About Josephine Baker | Josephine Baker Picture Gallery

Image: Josephine Baker in the 1950s. Getty Images / Hulton Archive

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