Lecture: Dr. Megan E. Williams on “Lena Horne: The Feminine Paul Robeson?”

Tuesday, January 23rd / 6:30-7:30 pm / Carmack Community Room - Johnson County Library

During the 1940s, the press described Lena Horne as “the Negro Hedy Lamarr” as well as the “feminine counterpart of Paul Robeson.” Horne’s comparison to white glamour girl Hedy Lamarr highlights her significance in breaking the color line in Hollywood’s construction of beauty. Today, this facet of Horne’s activism is well-recognized. In contrast, Horne’s postwar politics, which her comparison to black radical Paul Robeson highlights, are little-discussed. Why? In this lecture — “Lena Horne: The Feminine Paul Robeson?” — Dr. Megan E. Williams, program coordinator for the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity at KU, will consider Horne’s postwar politics, including her formerly unexamined opinion column in the radical black newspaper ‘The People’s Voice.’ Using an intersectional feminist perspective, Dr. Williams will theorize why Horne’s historical representation largely obscures her contributions to radical black political activism. Q&A following lecture. Light refreshments served. This lecture is affiliated with Johnson County Library's Race Project KC. For more information on Race Project KC, please visit: http://www.raceprojectkc.com/about.html

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