Dancer Josephine Baker is one of the first internationally recognised African-American entertainers.

“I have two loves,” the artist once said, “My country and Paris.”

During this period, it was unusual for a woman not depend economically on her husband, but Baker.

During her adolescence, Baker struggled to have a healthy relationship with her mother, Carrie McDonald, who did not want her daughter to become an entertainer.

In Paris, she started a new life and became an instant success for her dancing ability.

Despite her success, the artist faced racially charged abuse from the press during her homecoming to the United States.

Racial diversity and fighting for civil rights would become a constant concern throughout her life.

Josephine Baker