Zakiya Adair

Academic Historian

Zakiya Adair is an assistant professor in the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Missouri, Columbia.   She received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2010.  Her undergraduate degree is in African American studies and philosophy from San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Zakiya, a California native, specializes in twentieth century social and cultural history of women and African Americans. Her dissertation focused on cultural manifestations of race, gender and class in the transnational performances of African American women entertainers in Paris, France, London, England, and Harlem, New York between World War I and World War II.

Florence Mills (1896-1927)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain The 1927 Times of London (UK) obituary noted of Florence Mills, “There is no doubt that she was a real artist full of individuality and intelligence, and her premature death is a sad loss to the profession.”  Florence Mills was … Read MoreFlorence Mills (1896-1927)

Josephine Baker (1906-1975)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain In 1925 Josephine Baker took Paris, France by storm, appearing on stage in “La Revue Negre” wearing nothing but a skirt of artificial bananas in Danse Sauvage.  Born Josephine Freda MacDonald in St. Louis, Missouri on June 3, 1906, she … Read MoreJosephine Baker (1906-1975)