By : Jakari Moses
Josephine was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis , Missouri . She was born on June 3 , 1906 and died April 12 , 1975 . Her parents were Carrie McDonald and Eddie Carson . Her mother was a washerwoman and her dad was a vaudeville drummer . Their family eventually grew to include a son and two more daughters. She received approximately 1,500 marriage proposals . Unfortunately , racism prevented her talents from being wholly accepted in the United States until 1973 . She was unfortunately not accepted in racist America until 1973 . Carrie , her mother , married a kind but perpetually unemployed man named Arthur Martin . Their family eventually grew to include a son and two more daughters . Josephine grew up cleaning houses and babysitting for wealthy white families . She got a job at The Old Chauffeur's Club when she was 13 years old . Josephine married a man named Willie Baker, and a lifetime spent dealing with racism .Josephine served France in World War II . Josephine Baker spent her youth in poverty before learning to dance and finding success on Broadway .