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In honor of Black History Month the USPS has created a forever stamp featuring Lena Horne.
Lena Horne was a trailblazer in Hollywood for women of color and used her fame as an award-winning actor, singer, and dancer to become an important Civil Rights activist.
According to the USPS, the stamp art features a photograph of Lena Horne taken by Christian Steiner in the 1980s. Kristen Monthei colorized the original black-and-white photo, adding a background reminiscent of Horne’s Stormy Weather album, with a few clouds to add texture and subtly make the album reference. “Lena Horne” is written along the bottom of the stamp, with “Black Heritage,” the stamp series title, at the top. “USA” and “Forever” appear on the lower right-hand side above Horne’s name. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.
During this week’s stamp dedication, Lena Horne was honored both as a trailblazer in Hollywood and an important civil rights activist. #LenaHorneForever #BlackHeritageStamps https://t.co/9BnPhW2gPH pic.twitter.com/pDvlyRcKQQ
— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) February 1, 2018
Ms. Horne passed away May 9th, 2010 at the ripe age of 92. He spirit lives on in her music and through her impact on the African American community.
Watch an interview with Lena Horne on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show below.
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