And then, again, after the war, she thought she was ready to settle down and have children. She married again, this time to a jazz band leader, Jo Bouillon, in 1947 who professed his emotion claiming, “She’s the only woman I know who reminds me of a waterfall, a bonfire, and a nightingale rolled into one.”
Sadly, Josephine miscarried several times, and the couple ultimately decided to adopt. Twelve children, from different races. She called them her rainbow tribe. She hoped,
“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak to one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.”
While continuing to perform, her devotion to Civil Rights became unshakeable. She inserted a “non-discrimination clause” into her contract, which dictated that if clubs did not serve black patrons as well as white, she would not perform at that club. She returned to the United States in 1963 to participate in the Civil Rights march on Washington. She addressed a crowd of thousands of people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, telling them, “You are on the Eve of Victory.” She was by Martin Luther King’s side when he delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech.
When Josephine met with financial troubles (the chateau required constant upkeep), Princess Grace Kelly and her husband, Prince Rainier, offered the Baker family a villa in Monaco.
She returned to America one last time.