Joséphine Baker enters the Pantheon on November 30. Magazine leader, anti-racist activist, in charge, she also joined the French army during World War II. At the Liberation, she landed in Marseille, she was back there on February 25, 1967.
Joséphine Baker is the 6th woman to enter the Pantheon. The African-American artist is also the first artist and the first black woman to rest there.
Dancer and magazine leader on stage, Joséphine Baker was above all a committed citizen, feminist, anti-racist, rresistant during the war then engaged with the free French armed forces. And of immense generosity.
On February 25, 1967, she began in Marseille a great tour of songs for the benefit of Guadeloupe hit a few months earlier by the passage of hurricane Ines.
In this archive kept by the INA, Joséphine Baker says: “I am very, very, very happy to start with Marseille because it is a city of love, friendship, understanding and brotherhood”, she insisted.
Before her concert, she had taken the time to meet the Marseillais in the Old Port. The same where she had landed at the Liberation 23 years earlier, from North Africa.
“It is my duty to come to their aid, she explained to the journalist who questioned her, speaking of the Guadeloupe disaster victims, I care a lot”.
I only live for that, help each other. You don’t always have to live life as an egoist, right?
After the premiere at Salle Vallier, Joséphine Baker will give around twenty support concerts for Guadeloupe.
From her time in Marseille to the Liberation, she kept a deep attachment to Marseille.
“The only choice that I do not find changed is the affection and kindness of the Marseillais”.
“It is a city full of heart, full of sun and it heats the heart”, she added.
Another link that united the singer of the review to the Marseille city. Josephine Baker was her greatest success “I have two loves” composed by the Marseillais Vincent Scotto in 1930.