In November 2021, Josephine Baker became the latest recipient of one of France’s highest honors — induction into the Pantheon. This honor is reserved for those who have made an indelible impact on French culture and history. Baker became the first black woman to be inducted, but the honor was also notable for the fact that she was born American. In a speech at the event, French President Emmanuel Macron praised Baker’s commitment to universalism.
What was the symbolic significance of Baker’s induction into the Pantheon and Macron’s subsequent remarks, and what does it mean that France chose to honor an American-born woman with one of their highest honors? In this episode, we talk to Professor Maboula Soumahoro to uncover some of these answers.
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Akhoun-Murat, Annah; Legrand, Marie-Alice; Soumahoro, Maboula; and Sullivan, Joe, "CRT2 S1 Ep8: The Backlash to CRT in France" (2022). CRT2 Season 1. 10.