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Remembering Lena Horne

May 10, 2010

At the age of 92, legendary jazz singer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne has died.

Lena Horne was the first African-American actress to be put under contract by a major studio. Mrs. Horne was for desegregation and also worked with Eleanor Roosevelt to pass anti-lynching laws.  For her vocal performances, she had won several Grammy Awards.

Growing up, Lena Horne was someone I remembered reading about in my Mom’s Jet magazines.  I didn’t know her work very well at the time, but I feel  like I’ve always known her name and face.  I do, however, vividly recall her  appearance on The Cosby’s Show in the ’80’s.

What a long and very eventful life!  Rest in peace Mrs. Horne.

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