Lena Horne, the pioneering singer, actress and civil activist, sadly passed away Sunday at the age of 92. Horne was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and went on to achieve international fame as a singer. Through her life she epitomized grace, beauty and tenacity, and at the expense of her career she was always outspoken on the subject of civil rights, may her legacy live on, legends never die.

‘I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.’