Jazz Singer Lena Horne Dies at 92

The performer and civil rights activist lived a long and meaningful life.

Jazz Singer Lena Horne Dies at 92

The performer and civil rights activist lived a long and meaningful life.

-Faye Brennan

Lena Horne

Lena Horne was before her time – in the 1940s, when there was still a large and obvious divide between black and white people, Horne was a talented jazz singer and actress that defied those boundaries. As one of the first black performers to play at the Copacabana and sing with an all-white band, Horne brought her sultry voice to the masses, but always fought the idea that she could never fully be accepted into white culture.

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She once said of her success, “I was unique in that I was a kind of black that white people could accept. I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked.”

After a long career of both performing and openly fighting racism, Lena Horne, 92, passed away on Sunday at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Although the hospital spokesperson would not reveal any details, we know the world has lost a great performer and female pioneer, whose efforts in the civil rights movement paved the way for entertainers today. (Huffington Post)

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