Crossing The Color Line

When Sinatra died in 1998, CNN's Steve Bartelstein reported on CNN Talkback Live a story of Frank dealing with racism at a ritzy New York City restaurant in the 1950s. "He took (singer/actress) Lena Horne to the Stork Club,” Bartelstein recalled. “The Stork Club at that time didn't allow Blacks. So the manager fumbled around, went back, looked in, you know, the reservation book, came back. Obviously, they weren't going to seat her. And they said to him, `Mr. Sinatra, who made your reservation? We don't seem to have it.' And Sinatra said, ‘(President Abraham) Lincoln.'"