Women’s History Month Spotlight: Lena Horne

Lena Horne

Lena Horne was an African American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. She was also the first African American woman to be nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Jamaica. Horne’s best-known film roles include Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather; both are musicals. Horne participated in the March on Washington along with other black entertainers like Harry Belafonte, Josephine Baker, Jackie Robinson, Sammy Davis Jr., and Diahann Carroll. Because of her activism, Horne was blacklisted in Hollywood and labeled a communist. This did not deter her or her career because she soon found a home in nightclubs, on Broadway, and later on television. Horne was not only a one of a kind entertainer, but she was also one of the first female actresses who used her fame for activism.

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