After hearing an interview with Ricki Stevenson on NPR's "Marketplace" several years back and then reading "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family", I'd always wanted to take her "Black Paris Tour." So glad we did! Ricki provided incredible insights into the long history of African-American experiences with Paris. Through Ricki, we stepped where many African-American intellectuals, athletes, performers, writers and civil rights activists had once lived, spoke, performed or simply enjoyed life outside the US context of slavery and Jim Crow segregation. The tour is well thought-out and informative - kept me engaged until the end! And after re-discovering the incredible life of Josephine Baker through the Black Paris Tour, I headed South to Dordogne to visit the Josephine Baker museum at Chateau Les Milandes. Thank you, Ricki, for adding such a rich dimension to my France vacation!
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