1943: Lena Horne Doesn’t Entertain Racism

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From Bartlett’s Book of Anecdotes (2000):

Al Duckett, a freelance journalist during World War II, recounts the following story about Lena Horne:

“She had been sent to a camp in the south to entertain the troops. She was scheduled to do a performance for the white troops and a separate performance for the black troops and the German prisoners of war. When I was in the service in Fort Dix, the German prisoners would be in the mess line with black troops and you’d have a separate line for white troops. Lena entertained the blacks and the German prisoners and then she left.”

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