Lena Horne may have become a star, but her life wasn’t without hardship. She grew up between her grandmother, who hoped for a respectable life for her, and her parents, who used her talent to pay the bills. Being African American meant that even when she was headlining for white bands, she sometimes had to go in through the back door and sleep in the bus. Standing up and speaking out meant that she was blacklisted. Her talent took her around the world, but the challenges just kept coming. Being a trailbreaker is hard work.
It’s a wonderful story of a life, and the art which accompanies it makes the words even brighter. Enjoy!
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford and Elizabeth Zunon