Published on April 12, 2011 by Amy
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer.
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Horne was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. Reported to be descended from the John C. Calhoun family, both sides of her family were a mixture of African American, Native American, and European American descent and each belonged to what W. E. B. Du Bois called “The Talented Tenth”, the upper stratum of middle-class, well-educated African Americans.
Birth Name: Lena Mary Calhoun Horne
Birth Place: Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City
Date of Birth: June 30, 1917
Date of Death: May 9, 2010
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Ethnicity: mixture of African American, European, and Native American descent