On this day in Brooklyn born
The great jazz artist Lena Horne.
She sang a soulful "Stormy Weather"
And marched with Dr. King together.*
*In the spring of 1963, before the March on Washington, Horne traveled the south with Medgar Evers and other civil rights campaigners, Indeed, she sang at a rally where Evers spoke in Jackson, Mississippi, just days before Evers was assassinated.
Following the killing of Evers, Horne joined Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry, at a meeting with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy where the leading artists and authors pressured the Kennedy administration to become more active in fighting to stop violence in the south and to end segregation.
After appearing at the March on Washington, Horne used her singing talents to raise money for the civil rights movement and other causes. At Carnegie Hall, where she raised $50,000 for the Gandhi Society for Human Rights with an October, 1963, benefit, Horne was introduced by Dr. King.
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