9 Black Female Freedom Fighters Who Deserve to be on U.S. Currency in Addition to Harriet Tubman

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Lena Horne

Lena Horne was an actress, singer, dancer and civil rights activist. Horne refused to take any role that poorly portrayed Black women.  Due to Horne’s lighter skin, she experienced issues as an actress along the way because white films would not accept her because she was not white, and Black actors did not want to work alongside her because she was “too light.”  She did not allow for this to deter her from being a proud Black woman. She was a member of  Progressive Citizens of America and sued various establishments because of their discriminatory actions.  Horne was just one of many actresses who was blacklisted due to McCarthyism. She was not allowed to work until the mid-1950s.  She performed for organizations such as the NAACP and the National Council for Negro Women (NCNW).  Like Ruby Dee, she also participated in the 1963 March on Washington.

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