My identity is very clear to me now, I am a black woman. -Lena Horne
I always see women of color idolizing Marilyn Monroe. However, at that time we could not even do the same things that Marilyn Monroe did, let alone, eat at the same restaurant. I think Lena Horne is a good role model because of her activism. She was very involved in the civil rights, but was also a pin-up, a singer, and an actress. Many people know her from The Wiz.
She refused to play the stereotypical roles that African Americans had to play at the time.
- Sounds of justice: black female entertainers of the Civil Rights era (oup.com)
- 24. Stormy Weather – Lena Horne – 1943 (thousandandonesongs.wordpress.com)
- Marilyn Monroe … she’s back! (thevintagevixenblog.wordpress.com)
- Diva, Lena Horne Dies at 92 (professorlocs.typepad.com)
- Exclusive: Black Girls Rock! Founder Hits Back at Insulting #whitegirlsrock (theroot.com)