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 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, actress  “The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” ― Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry, actress “The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” ― Lorraine Hansberry

"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. More like her at https://www.pinterest.com/yrauntruth/grow-up-age-croning/

"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. More like her at https://www.pinterest.com/yrauntruth/grow-up-age-croning/

Sidney Poitier with his first wife, Juanita Hardy, and playwright Lorraine Hansberry at the opening of “A Raisin in the Sun” in New York Cit...

Sidney Poitier with his first wife, Juanita Hardy, and playwright Lorraine Hansberry at the opening of “A Raisin in the Sun” in New York Cit...

20 Excellent Photos of Famous Authors Partying. (James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry cutting a rug. )

20 Excellent Photos of Famous Authors Partying. (James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry cutting a rug. )

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) pictured in 1959 shortly after her play "A Raisin in the Sun" premiered on Broadway. She was the first African-American woman playwright to have a play produced on Broadway. (Photo Credit: Corbis)

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) pictured in 1959 shortly after her play "A Raisin in the Sun" premiered on Broadway. She was the first African-American woman playwright to have a play produced on Broadway. (Photo Credit: Corbis)

Lorraine Hansberry gave this interview after a heated meeting with Bobby Kennedy

Lorraine Hansberry gave this interview after a heated meeting with Bobby Kennedy

A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry | 32 Plays You Need To Read Before You Die

A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry | 32 Plays You Need To Read Before You Die

Lorraine Hansberry, the playwright behind the enduring play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” in January 1959. via - Vintage Black Glamour

Lorraine Hansberry, the playwright behind the enduring play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” in January 1959. via - Vintage Black Glamour

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