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Lorraine Hansberry

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Lorraine Hansberry Life and Background Big and.... ... small IMPACT Lorraine Hansberry’s life impacted the lives of those around her and her readers. Her stories provided hope but revealed harsh and plain truths. She explored discrimination and shared new perspectives of life. Her Works Lorraine was born on May 19th , 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the youngest of four siblings; her parents were hard workers in the middle class. http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/blackspeech/lhansberry.html Lorraine was no a stranger to racial discrimination; her parents were African American activist, often involved in the NAACP. As a young child in school the other children wouldn't play with her, or even talk to her because of her skin color. Often time she was insulted and phrases such as "go back to where you came from" led her to her strong beliefs and political views. Her father once moved their family into an all white neighborhood to integrate neighborhood communities. The neighborhood and Mr. Carl Hansberry went to court over the issue and the Hansberrys won. Once, their house was attacked by a mob. Lorraine was hiding during the attack when someone threw a piece of concrete through the window; it almost hit her. Lorraine’s brothers had been out that day, and when they came home they had to make their way through the mob to get inside. Luckily, no one was hurt, and there weren't other attacks. They lived in that house for a year. As a student in college, Lorraine studied theatre and play writing. She moved to New York to find a job as a writer. She became involved with politics in New York and took a special interest in civil and women’s rights. This is where, during a protest, she met her husband. NEW YORK Lorraine Hansberry’s husband, Robert Nemiroff, was a Jewish writer. He always supported Lorraine in her writing goals and accomplishments. A Raisin in the Sun is most likely her most famous piece. It was first read by Lorraine and her husband to a group of friends during a dinner party. The guests were taken by the story and asked her to finish it. Upon finishing she named it The Crystal Stair. The Crystal Stair comes from a line, from the Poem Mother to Son, written by Langston Hughes. She changed the tile to A Raisin in the Sun, from A Dream Deferred, also by Langston Hughes. Lorraine later adapted it into a play, and since there have been movies and musicals based off her work. What Use Are Flowers
The Drinking Gourd
to be Young Gifted and Black (informal biography)
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window To Be Young, Gifted, and Black is a collection most if not all Lorraine Hansberrys poetry, play scenes, drawings, sketches and speeches. Her Life List of Famous Works Though Lorraine has passed on, her writings continue to be used in schools, to study discrimination, law, history, characterization and countless other topics. Her works can also be read for pleasure and entertainment. For example... Lorraine's life and experiences were often expressed in her work. Her stories, poetry, and fables were often a way for her to express herself and may have helped relieve stress. However, her belief that discrimination, of any sort, was wrong, and obviously implied in her work. Lorraine's work was easily relatable to readers of her time; her experiences and her creativity brought her pieces to life. It may have been for those reasons Lorraine won Best Play of the year from the New York Critics Circle. Though her grown up years were full of fame and as some say fortune, Lorraine had tragedies of her own to add to the pressure of being famous. Such as: in 1945 her father died, in 1963 she was diagnosed with cancer, and in 1964 she and her husband divorced. Lorraine died in 1965 at age thirty-five. Though Lorraine and Robert Nemiroff divorced they continued to work together. Even after Lorraine's death Robert spent his entire life promoting her works and adapting some stories to become plays, musicals, and movies. He even put a together a collection of all her works called Les Blancs. Because of Robert Nemiroffs devotion Lorraine’s works have not been lost in the literate world, and are still used today. Robert Nemiroff Works Cited Harvey, Dennis. "A Raisin in the Sun." Variety 4 Feb. 2008: 93. Gale Power Search. Web. 20 Sep. 2012. Robinson-English, Tracey. "Young, gifted and Black students thrive despite the odds." Ebony June 2006: 136+. Gale Power Search. Web. 20 Sep. 2012 "Hansberry, Lorraine: Introduction." Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion. Ed. Jessica Bomarito and Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 6: 20th Century, Authors (H-Z). Detroit: Gale, 2005. 1-2. Gale Power Search. Web. 20 Sep. 2012. "Lorraine Hansberry." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. Lorraine Smiling. N.d. Photograph. Americanradioworks.publicradio.org. Web. 25 Sept. 2012. <http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/blackspeech/lhansberry.html>. My Project on: by: Emily Conger THE END!
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