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.

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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...

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...

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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

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"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/

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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)

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Lorraine Vivian Hansberry (May 19, 1930[1] – January 12, 1965) was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays.[2] Her best known work, A Raisin in the Sun, was inspired by her family's battle against racial segregation in Chicago.

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry (May 19, 1930[1] – January 12, 1965) was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays.[2] 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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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. )

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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.

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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