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Lorraine Hansberry

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Parker Lew

on 12 November 2009

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Transcript of Lorraine Hansberry

May 19, 1930 – Jan12, 1965 an African American playwright and author
of political speeches, letters and essays Early Life Lorraine Hansberry was the fourth child born to Carl Augustus Hansberry. She grew up on the south side of Chicago in the Woodlawn. American playwright and painter whose "A Raisin In the Sun" was the first drama by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. It also won the new York drama critics ‘ circle award as the best play of the year.

Her family moved into an all white neighborhood where they faced racial discrimination. Hansberry attended a predominantly white public school while her parents fought against segregation.

Her father engaged in a legal battle against a racially restrictive covenant that attempted to prohibit African American families from buying homes in the area
She married to Robert Nemiroff in 1953,the couple divorced the year before her death. Career Hansberry attended the university of Wisconsin Madison, but found college to be uninspiring and in 1950 to pursue her career as a writer in new York city. She worked on the staff of the black newspaper freedom under the auspices of Paul Robeson and also worked with w.e b dubious

At 29 years of age she became the youngest American Playwright, while many of her other writings were published in her lifetime, essays, articles, and the text for the sncc book The Movement the only other play given a contemporary production was the sign in Sidney Burstein’s window.

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry like a raisin in the sun “Langston Hughes” dream deferred . From these immortal words hansberry found the inspiration for one of the most heralded dramas of the 20th century . Death After a long battle with cancer she died on Jan 12,1965 at the age of
thirty four, Hansberry was prescient about many of the increasingly
troubling conditions in the world .
Hansberry abortion discrimination and Africa less known is a fact
hansberry was a closeted black lesbian she joined the daughters of bilitis
and contributed letters to their magazine. The ladder in 1957 that
addressed feminism and homophobia.

Her Works Raisin in the sun (1959)

In the 1950's a African American family living on the south side of Chicago.
Inherited a $ 10,000 life insurance check from the decease Mr.Younger.
Mama wants a house, Walter a liquor store and Beneatha to be a doctor.
Mama gave a down payment for a house in Clybourne Park, an entirely white neighborhood.
The chief of the white community offered the Youngers money to sell their property.
The youngers decided to go live in the new house together as a family.

The sign in Sidney Brustein's window (1965)

The setting is in New York Greenwich village in 1960.
The main character is Sidney Brustein a stubborn man and involved in politics.
His trusted people are his wife Iris and black gay friend.
Sidney's life took him to a point to discover all his close people were totally different than he thought.

To be young, gifted and black (1969)

Hansberry explains her life chronologically and encouragment to black people to do well as the white people.
She gave some of her experiences to understand who and what she is,taking chances and creating oppotunities for others.

The Drinking Gourd(1960&1970)

A play showing the pain, bad treatment a slave can go through.
Hansberry wanted to show the play but theaters and companies thought different. Those oraganizations didn't want a woman talk about slavery.
Published by his former husband Robert Nemoroff.

Les Blanc (1970)

A white christian mission in a african colony.
An english group come to the colony and all the descrimination around cluld be seen.
Thsembe Matoseh, the son of a chief came later to find his brother as a alcoholic and the oldest brother a traitor to his people and a priest.
One day he meet a beautiful african dancer who pursue him.
He decided to go back with his family.

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