At two years of age, Miss Horne became the youngest member of the NAACP, signed up by her grandmother Cora Calhoun Horne. The Horne family was firmly rooted in an influential circle of Brooklyn intellectuals, businesspeople and activists, including W.E.B. Dubois, Walter White and Paul Robeson. Horne carried the torch as a standard-bearer in an age of change and turbulence for black Americans. She also happened to be a knock out with tremendous taste.