28 Days of Black History Month (February 14th)
Lena Horne, Another Triple Threat Beauty had a stellar career in Film, Television, Music & Broadway. She succeeded in an era that was very difficult for people of color, that even included those of a much lighter shade as well. Born and raised primarily in Brooklyn, NY on June 30th, 1917. She was a classic beauty I Remember watching a Lena Horne Movie with my Grandfather back in the day. He always expressed his adoration for Mrs. Horne, it was easy to see why. Her accolades were incredibly impressive. She was a Emmy Nominated, Tony award, 4x’s Grammy winning Performer. Just to name a few.
Lena Horne was also a Civil Rights Activist, growing up in a time when America wasn’t too kind to people of color regardless of their talent, education & wealth. She Refused to perform in front of segregated crowds while on her USO tours to entertain the Troops abroad. Famous for her beautiful smile and social awareness, She met with many dignitaries on behalf of the plight of African Americans. Including President John F. Kennedy, Former 1st Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She Marched with Dr. King, Spoke and performed at NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Rally’s. Undoubtedly her Legacy is one of great fulfillment Through struggle and prosperity. On May 9th, 2010 her life ended due to heart failure, the irony of it all is that she had a huge heart.
Editor’s Note: We cannot simply state everyone’s achievements in 2 paragraphs, we just want to give everyone a glimpse into these historical figures and maybe it’ll spark a flame and you’l continue your research. By the way did i mention she was an Alma Mater from “MY” High School Boys & Girls HS in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. From one Brooklynite to another Mrs. Horne RIP oh & #Thankyou