Lorraine Hansberry; Playwright and Voice of Justice

Lorraine Hansberry; Playwright and Voice of Justice

by Catherine Scheader
     
 
Lorraine Hansberry: Playwright and Voice of Justice details the life and career of this groundbreaking African-American playwright, the first African American to achieve critical and popular success on Broadway. Her 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, the first play to depict a realistic African-American family struggling, has become a classic of the theater. A native of

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Lorraine Hansberry: Playwright and Voice of Justice details the life and career of this groundbreaking African-American playwright, the first African American to achieve critical and popular success on Broadway. Her 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, the first play to depict a realistic African-American family struggling, has become a classic of the theater. A native of racially segregated Chicago, Hansberry also used her place in the public eye to help advance the cause of racial equality.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-A biography of the playwright and activist who created the phrase "young, gifted, and black." The author begins Hansberry's story with an account of the successful opening night of A Raisin in the Sun. Then, with the assistance of interviews with the playwright's relatives, black-and-white photographs, personal journals, and documents from the files Hansberry left with her former husband, the author details the obstacles Hansberry faced on her road to success. Scheader takes readers to Chicago where Hansberry grew up amid prejudice and discrimination. Her realtor father's struggles to get equal housing opportunities for African Americans laid the foundation for her involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. This is Hansberry's story, but it is also the story of what it was like to be an African American during the 1950s and 1960s. Excellent chapter notes and indexing and a list for further reading conclude the volume.-Marie Wright, University Library, Indianapolis, IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780894909450
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
African-American Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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