ParisSummer Study Tour

On our five-day Study Tour to Paris, we follow in the footsteps of African American expatriates in Paris including Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and many others. We work to understand the experiences of African Americans who lived, performed, and worked in Paris during the 20th century, and go on a walking tour of Black Paris. We also compare and contrast the experiences of African Americans with those of people of African descent living in Paris, and tour the Little Africa area. At the end of the Study Tour, we will consider one of our assigned readings, “Is Paris Still a Haven for African Americans?”

Tour Objectives

  • Understand the experiences of African Americans living and working in Paris during the 20th century
  • Compare the experiences of African Americans with people of African descent in Paris
  • Gain insight into French history and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries as it relates to African American history

Possible Activities

  • General Tour of Paris
  • Tours of Black Paris/Montmartre and Little Africa
  • Tour of Louvre or Centre Pompidou
  • Attend a concert in a jazz club