Since the students of I.S. 224 in #TheBronx#NY were prevented by their principal from carrying out the #LenaHorne#BlackHistoryMonth project they were working on, she can still be celebrated regardlessly here in this post.
LENA HORNE 1917-2010
Born in #BedStuy#Bklyn#Singer#Dancer#Actress
Lena Horne is one of the key figures who opened future doors for Black women and crossed racial barriers with a career in #film#TV and #theater that spanned over 30 years. Born in #BedfordStuyvesant#Brooklyn#NY, she started performing at #Harlem's #CottonClub as young as the age of16 years old.
Whether singing as a recording artist, becoming an accomplished dancer or acting in films, she excelled with greatness and set a positive example for the culture of Black performers in all areas of entertainment. Eventually she became active in #CivilRights, showing support in the historic 1963 #MarchOnWashington with #DrMartinLutherKingJr. It was this same kind of disdain for injustice and her repulsion for the inner workings of Hollywood that caused her to be blacklisted as early as in the 1950's.
Horne still continued to be creative in the arts across three more decades until finally retiring in the year 2000. Ten years later on May 9, 2010, she died of heart failure. Lena Horne remains as one of the most important Black performers to date and has influenced many other successful Black women as varied as SarahVaughn #DinahWashington& #NancyWilson. EMB
Just a few more hours until my sisters and I attend the Wendy Williams show tomorrow!! 💁🏼
Guess I should start practicing her famous line "Her girl, how you doin?!"
Stick around for some up close and personal moments of the @wendyshow tomorrow on my story!