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Renowned singer-actress, Lena Horne, died on Sunday in the New York Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 92.

May 11, 2010

Lena’s beautiful voice and acting talents paved her way in her performing career as both a singer and an actress which lead to her many “firsts”; first black performer to secure a long-term Hollywood studio contract with MGM, one of the first black performers to sing with a major white band, as well as the first African American singer to play the Copacabana nightclub. Despite her many “firsts,” Lena was very discontented with Hollywood because she had the potential to have gone much farther if she wasn’t held down by the bigotry. Frustrated with the lack of humanity in the industry Lena became a civil rights activist. Her devotion to equality made her one of the best-known celebrities in the civil rights movement, helping shatter the glass ceiling that held down so many black performers for so long.

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