The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Illustrated by: Elizabeth Zunon
For Ages: 4 - 8
Celebrate the life of Lena Horne, the pioneering African American actress and civil rights activist, with this inspiring and powerful picture book from award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford.

You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way.

Lena Horne was born into the freedom struggle, to a family of teachers and activists. Her mother dreamed of being an actress, so Lena followed in her footsteps as she chased small parts in vaudeville, living out of a suitcase until MGM offered Lena something more—the first ever studio contract for a black actress.

But the roles she was considered for were maids and mammies, stereotypes that Lena refused to play. Still, she never gave up. “Stormy Weather” became her theme song, and when she sang “This Little Light of Mine” at a civil rights rally, she found not only her voice, but her calling.

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About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including The Legendary Miss Lena Horne; Voice of Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Honor; Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award; Becoming Billie Holiday, winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor; and You Can Fly. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

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