Lorraine Hansberry: A Prominent Writer And Dedicated Fighter For Civil Rights

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Name: Alvin Schröder Tutor: Kerstin Shands Course: Women Writing in English Lorraine Hansberry - A prominent writer and dedicated fighter for civil rights Lorraine Hansberry had a brilliant career as a successful writer, among many things she was the first black woman to produce a play on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. She was the youngest and the first black writer to ever receive this particular award. Hansberry was an author who was deeply committed to the fight for equality and human rights for the black community whose life was unfortunately cut short. Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. Her family consisted of her parents, Carl Augustus Hansberry and Nannie Louise Perry and her three older siblings, Carl Jr, Perry and Mamie. In her early years the family resided on the south side of Chicago but later moved to an all-white neighborhood where they were met by racial discrimination. Lorraine was put in an almost all-white school and at the time her parents were fighting for human rights for the black community. At one time here father even participated in a legal action against a covenant which prohibited African-American families from buying houses in the all-white neighborhood, the case is known as Hansberry v. Lee, 311 U.S. 32. Although the family won the case in the Supreme Court they were later met by what Hansberry later described as “hellishly hostile white neighborhood”. This particular memory later inspired her most famous work, A Raisin in the Sun. The parents also tired to fill their children with pride of their ethnic background. Furthermore, they founded the Hansberry Foundation, an organization created for the purpose to inform African Americans of the civil rights. After graduating from high school Hansberry continued her studies

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