Singer Lena Horne died at her home in New York Sunday. She was 92. From Lola Adesioye's Guardian tribute:
"With the passing of singer, actor and entertainer Lena Horne in New York yesterday at the age of 92, we remember yet another person – an African-American woman – whose life and work paved the way for America to be what it is today. It was the perseverance and passion of people like Lena Horne that helped shift America away from the accepted segregation and discrimination of the 40s, 50s and 60s to having an African-American president in 2010. In Horne's day, being a black actress was a civil rights act within itself."
I almost hesitate to post this, but growing up in the 80s, had it not been for her many television appearances, I would have never heard of Lena Horne.
Singing the alphabet on Sesame Street:
R.I.P., Lena Horne (Feminist Music Geek)
Lena Horne's Life In Pictures (The Guardian)
RIP Lena Horne (Shakesville)
Rest In Peace Lena Horne (Womanist Musings)