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A Raisin in the Sun Background Information

About the Author, and lead in for an activity on the Harlem Renaissance.
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Brianna Moore

on 21 February 2013

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Commercial Success In 1961, "A Raisin in the Sun" became a great Broadway success, and was the first show produced by an African-American woman. Hansberry also became the youngest and first African-American playwright to win the New York Critics' Circle Award.
Many productions and film versions have been made since its debut.
Featured actors: Sidney Poitier, Felicia Rashad, Sean "Puffy" Combs. Art Echoing Life: Hansberry v. Lee A Raisin in the Sun is based on an experience in Hansberry's early life.
Hansberry's father attempted to move the family to an affluent white suburban neighborhood.
Restrictive covenants in the neighborhood attempted to prevent black families from moving to the neighborhood.
Mr. Hansberry sued, and the case made it to the Supreme Court.
In the decision for Hansberry v. Lee, such agreements were deemed illegal. Hansberry's family was able to move into the neighborhood. Lorraine Hansberry Born in 1930 to a real estate businessman and a schoolteacher.
Both parents were activists for civil rights.
Major African-American figures were common visitors to the Hansberry home: W.E.B DuBois, Paul Robeson, and Langston Hughes. Setting and Plot Setting: Chicago, post-World War II
The play follows the Younger family as they endure cramped living conditions and racism, all while fighting for different dreams. Historical Connection: The Harlem Renaissance Background Information A Raisin in the Sun Source "Lorraine Hansberry." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Feb 21 2013. Questions?
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