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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...


Lorraine Hansberry

"A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men -- and people in general." ~ 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


— 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.


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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.