Okay I have to admit, I had a thing for Lena way back when I was a youngster, there it's public now!
When I discovered later we shared birth dates, I knew our relationship was special. I never got over she was married but that didn't stop me from appreciating her talent and love for political causes that helped uplift people. I always thought Lena would live forever! She lived a full life and did it well!
"One Love, One Heart"
Lena Horne was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Reported to be a descendant of the John C. Calhoun family, both sides of her family are a mixture of European, African, and Native American descent.
Each were part of what W. E. B. Du Bois called "The Talented Tenth," the upper stratum of middle-class, well-educated African Americans. She grew up in an upper-middle-class black community. She was raised in the Hill District community of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Edwin "Teddy" Horne, a numbers kingpin in the gambling trade, left the family when she was three. Her mother, Edna Scottron, daughter of inventor Samuel R. Scottron, was an actress with an African-American theater troupe and traveled extensively.
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