Tishaura Jones, Andrew Martin and Yannick Tagan

On November 30, 2021 St.Louis-born performing artist and civil rights activist Josephine Baker became the first woman of color to be inducted into France’s Pantheon.

To mark this occasion, Washington University hosted a special celebration in her honor.

Guests included St. Louis mayor Tishaura JonesWashington University Chancellor Andrew Martin, and consul general of France Yannick Tagand. The event also featured musical performances by WashU students, and fifth-graders from the French Immersion School helped the panel of artists, performers, and scholars pay tribute to the incomparable Josephine Baker.

This event was sponsored by the French ConnexionsDepartment of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Divided City Initiative.