April 26, 2012
Last week, Congress agreed on something: to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Lena Horne. African-American icon and groundbreaker Lena Horne died in 2010. A singer, actor and activist, Horne fought discrimination all her life. She started out at the Cotton Club. Back in 1940, she did the unthinkable by singing with an all-white band. Horne was the first black actor to sign a long term contract at a major film studio.