Lorraine Hansbury – 1930-1965
*photo courtesy of Facts On File database
Yes, I’m loving all of the Black literary greats that were born right here in my very own city. This my dears, is Ms. Lorraine Hansbury who achieved instant fame when, at the age of 28, her play ‘A Raisin In the Sun’ was produced on Broadway. Not only was it HER first play, but the first play by a black woman, to be produced on the great stage.
She is another creative mind that was gone at such a young age. Pancreatic cancer only allowed her 35 years on this earth, and she managed to do quite a bit with it. I wish that every person on this earth could live to their full potential daily. It would make life on this planet so much better.
While she will be remembered for ‘A Raisin In the Sun,’ which was titled from a line taken from Langston Hughes poem ‘Harlem,’ I would be remiss to not mention the other play that she wrote which opened to mixed reviews:
The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window
I’m intrigued from the small amount of information that I was able to process and also a little bit amazed at a bit of the steps that she took in her day. Mainly that of being homosexual and divorcing her husband – amicably – because of her believe in equal and civil rights.
Does that leave you wanting to read more? Well, I suggest you hop to it! And remember, everyday is a reason to learn something new.
~Make It A Fantastic Day