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Lena Horne, The Elegant and Beautiful Talent Who Wasn’t Afraid to Be Blacklisted In Fight Against Discrimination

Lena Horne (1917-2010)Lena Horne (1917-2010)

Lena Horne, The Elegant and Beautiful Talent Who Wasn’t Afraid to Be Blacklisted In Fight Against Discrimination

  1. Horne became a member of the civil rights movement and spoke at a rally on behalf of the National Association of People of Color and the National Council of Black Women and attended a March 1963 meeting in Washington, DC.
  2. Horne’s most famous films were Broadway Rhythm in 1944 and Swing in 1943. She refused to play offensive roles as maids.
  3. In late 1940, the actress sued several restaurants and theaters for discrimination and was blacklisted. She quickly became a member of the progressive American leftist citizen.
  4. Despite Hollywood’s repeated attempts to typecast Horne, it opposed him. She said, “My identity is now clear. I am a black woman. I don’t need to be” loaned out “when I have time. I don’t have to imitate the white women that Hollywood people want. “
  5. In 1943, she signed a 7years contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, becoming the highest-paid African American artist in the United States.
  6. Many do not know, but Horne is a roommate of Sorority Delta Sorma “Soror.” In 1958, she was appointed an honorary member of the National Association of Arts and Literature.
  7. The painter refused to appear before the isolated U.S. military and filed a complaint with the local NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) office after seeing black soldiers forced to sit behind German prisoners of war. She used her money to travel and entertain the soldiers.
  8. Horne HelpEleanor Roosevelt calls for anti-lynching legislation.
  9. In 1981, she produced a Broadway program for women called “Lena Horne: Madam and Her Music.” This became one of Horn’s most exceptional performances and earned him a special award from Tony.
  10. Howard University awarded Horn an honorary doctorate in 1989.

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