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Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne, 92, champion for racial and social justice

Lena Horne, the legendary entertainer, died Sunday at the age of 92. Born in New York, she began her career on stage at Harlem’s Cotton Club. She would later go on to become a Hollywood star, a celebrated state actress, a renowned jazz singer and a champion for racial and social justice. Above right is a picture taken of Ms. Horne at the 1943 launching of the SS George Washington Carver. That image comes from the New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery. Below that is an image of Ms. Horne at the 1963 March on Washington. That photograph comes from the National Archives and Records Administration. Last February, the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring her body of work and praising her for using her celebrity as a catalyst for change. You can read that resolution at Thomas, the Library of Congress’s site for digitized legislative information.

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