Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. She wrote A Raisin in the Sun, a play about a struggling black family, which opened on Broadway to great success. Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer.

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Lorraine Hansberry, who died on January The author of "Raisin in the Sun," the first Broadway play written by a black woman, was only 34 years old.

Gender in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (Social Issues in Literature)

Gender in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (Social Issues in Literature)

"There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” — Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays. Her best known work, "A Raisin in the Sun", was inspired by her family's battle against racial segregation in Chicago.

— Lorraine Hansberry was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays. Her best known work, "A Raisin in the Sun", was inspired by her family's battle against racial segregation in Chicago.

Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. She wrote A Raisin in the Sun, a play about a struggling black family, which opened on Broadway to great success. Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer.

Lorraine Hansberry - Author of 'Raisin in the Sun.' She is the first African American Playwright to Produce a Play on Broadway.

To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words (Paperback)

To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words (Paperback)

In her first play, the now-classic A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry introduced the lives of ordinary African Americans into our national theatrical repertory. Now, Hansberry tells her own life story in

Inspired by her family’s court room mêlée against racially-segregated Chicago subdivision housing laws in her childhood, Lorraine Hansberry wrote a seminal piece of African-American history. Her magnum opus A Raisin in the Sun, bought the civil rights playwright and bestselling author a legion of fans and quickly turned her to a household name.

Playwright Lorraine Hansberry was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Her best known work, the play A Raisin in the Sun

Sidney Poitier with his first wife, Juanita Hardy, and playwright Lorraine Hansberry at the opening of “A Raisin in the Sun” in New York City in 1959. Photo: Moneta Sleet for Ebony magazine via Art.com.

Sidney Poitier with his first wife, Juanita Hardy, and playwright Lorraine Hansberry at the opening of "A Raisin in the Sun" in New York City in Photo: Moneta Sleet for Ebony magazine via girl pet boy

Lorraine Hansberry was not yet 30 when she completed the manuscript for "A Raisin in the Sun," a play that went on to premiere on Broadway in 1959 and earn the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award. She was the first Black playwright and the youngest person to win the honor. An activist whose circle of friends included luminaries such as James Baldwin, Hansberry leveraged her platform to champion civil rights and other social causes.

Eight Haunting Quotes from 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Lorraine Hansberry was an American playwright, civil rights activist and writer. Her groundbreaking play, A Raisin In The Sun was the first to be performed on Broadway written by a black woman and performed by a black cast.  Hansberry was born in 1930...

Lorraine Hansberry was an American playwright, civil rights activist and writer. Her groundbreaking play, A Raisin In The Sun was the first to be performed on Broadway written by a black woman and.

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