Paris Trip 2012
This is an annual study trip for students interested in the history of African American writers, artists and musicians living and working in Paris in the 20th century. The main event of the trip was a guided tour by Julia Browne of “Walking the Spirit Tours” who showed us around the Paris of Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Louis Armstrong, Richard Wright, Claude McKay and many other African American writers and artists. The first part of the tour was on foot, beginning at the St. Michel fountain and exploring the St. Germain des Prés area, then a private coach took us around Paris and dropped us off for lunch at an African restaurant and cultural center. On Sunday we took a coach again to Normandy, to visit Richard Wright's farm and a nearby writer's colony where he lived for a time (at Moulin d'Andé). Sunday night we attended a talk and dinner with American expats at Patricia Laplante’s "Paris Soirées" event at a Tibetan restaurant. Finally, we took in a gospel show Saturday and ended the evening with a fantastic jazz concert at jazz-cellar: the Caveau des Oubliettes.