Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil rights movements in the United States, she also assisting the French Resistance during the Second World War and being the first American-born woman to receive the highest French military honor, the Croix de Guerre and for being an inspiration to generations of African American female entertainers and others.
If you dont allready know her story it is definitely worth while to watch the
BBC documentary on her life.
(Or buy it from BBC stores.)