Monday, May 10, 2010

In Memory: Lena Horne

Today is Monday, 10 May 2010.

This is not the column I was writing for today. Instead, I have the sad duty to mark the death of Lena Horne.

Because of white racism, Horne never had the career her beautiful voice deserved. Most of her movie appearances, for example, were in scenes incidental to the plot, so they could be cut from prints shipped to those Southern theaters which pandered exclusively to whites.

Alas, sixty-seven years after Horne filmed Stormy Weather, the White Tea Party demonstrates the odious resilience of the Kluxer mentality in America.

With great sorrow The Museum of the Bourgeois memorializes Lena Horne, artist and activist.


Anonymous rtr said...

Sunday marked the passing of a great Alaskan, Walter (Wally) Hickel. I didn't always agree with his politics but he was a man unafraid to dream big and to pursue those dreams.

He left the Governorship of Alaska to take the Dept of the Interior under Nixon solely to open the North Slope to drilling and later left the Nixon administration over the Vietnam policy.

Although by personality and belief system pro-development and a registered republican for years, on social issues he was a real human being. Gone at age 90.

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