Thanks for following along so far. I’ve had great reception from friends and family who have appreciated these spotlights. Next week will be my final spotlight and my last spotlight will be Marian Wright Edelman so stay tuned! I know it’ll be in March, but as I took a week off for travels I wanted to still do my final spotlight.
Today’s spotlight is Lorraine Hansberry.
Lorraine Hansberry is the first black American playwright to have her play produced on Broadway. Her play Raisin in the Sun is considered an American classic today (NPR). Her play Raisin in the Sun is about a black family that tries to move into a white neighborhood in Chicago (SparkNotes).
Hansberry was born in Chicago and attended University of Wisconsin before moving to New York City to pursue theater (Britannica). It was in New York that she began writing for a monthly paper called Freedom and became an activist for peace and racial justice (FemBio).
Raisin in the Sun is her most famous play to date. The play spotlights the struggles black people faced living in a segregated city and trying to move up in the world. Her female character Beneatha is highlighted for her positive image of a black woman who is intelligent and career driven (FemBio).
Unfortunately for us Hansberry passed away at age 34 to pancreatic cancer. Not much is known about her life except for a few pieces of work that she left behind after her death.
Here are some books to read more about her: