The Legendary Miss Lena Horne
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Written by Carole Boston Weatherford & illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
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Jan 24, 2017
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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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Publication Date
January 24, 2017
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Page Count
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Reading Age
4 - 8 years
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