Paris Noir

Paris Noir: Walking in the footsteps of Black Americans in Paris: 1918 – 1950s – Not available Mondays or Sundays.

Walk in the footsteps of the Harlem Hellfighters (the most decorated regiment during World War I), the jazz clubs of Montmartre (named in the 1920s Harlem de Montmartre), Josephine Baker, Bricktop (famous singers and club owners in Paris), the world-re-knowned World War I jet fighter Eugene Bullard and Al ‘Panama’ Brown who dazzled Parisians with his deft boxing to name a few.  Discover the neighborhoods of the famous jazz clubs, restaurants and hangouts of these famous people who changed the face of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s.

Also hear the stories of the famous Harlem Renaissance writers from the US (Richard Wright, James Baldwin) and the famous Negritude Writers from France (Frantz Fanon, Léopold Sédar Senghor, a few of them buried at the Pantheon in Paris),  forming a powerful black culture in the City of Light.  One Black French writer in particular, inspired the Black Panther movement and Malcom X.

This tour will show old photos and rare footage of film taken at the time to illustrate the walk.  The half day will take in two wonderful neighborhoods (one rarely seen by tourists) with the second part including gourmet shops and lively market streets to add to the hustle and bustle of the tour.

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