Dear Lena Horne,
I was shocked and saddened, but also happy, to hear that you made your transition from the Earth to the next life. I have been a fan of yours since I was about 7 or 8 years old. From the first time I saw you in one of your first films, Stormy Weather, I was completely mesmerized. I thought you were so beautiful, so glamorous and so talented. I would later find out that I wasn't alone in my thoughts about you as my mother, grandmothers, aunts and cousins were also fans of yours.
Over the years, I learned more about your life, your career, your struggles and the Civil Rights Movement you were a part of as an activist. I took it upon myself to read your autobiography and biography when I was in college, later writing about your life and struggles for my Women's Studies class. And I must say that I embraced and respected you even more then.
As I grew older, I always thought that one day we'd meet and I would share my words of admiration for you in person. Alas, that was not meant to be. However, I do hope that you know we are all so much better for your contributions, your talent, your grace and the beauty you shared with us while you were here on Earth.
Thank you so much and with love I say that you will be sorely missed. I know that your work here on Earth was complete and your legacy will live on.