About Gail Buckley
- Gail Buckley is the gifted Black and Jewish daughter of Lena Horne and Sidney Lumet
- On stage, she chronicles the life of her mother, actress and singer Lena Horne, who changed the color of Hollywood stars
- Her most recent book, The Black Calhouns, examines how her ancestors experienced some of the most momentous events in black history—from Reconstruction to the passage of the Civil Rights Act
The best histories are about more than facts and events – something that Gail Buckley intimately understands. Her first book, The Hornes: An American Family, is an inspired history of Buckley’s mother, musical legend Lena Horne, and her family. Buckley traces the Hornes’ roots from the post-Civil War Reconstruction era up to the present day, writing with great insight about a family with ties to every major event in the United States during the past 150 years.
Buckley is a chronicler of “undiscovered American history – the people and events that are left out of the textbooks.” Buckley’s new book, The Black Calhouns (released February 2016), follows her family history from the Civil War to Civil Rights, starting with her great-great grandfather Moses Calhoun, a slave-turned-businessman.