Lorraine Hansberry

Petworth Library

Lorraine Hansberry

Broadway Pioneer

Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago in May 1930.  She is most famous for A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by an African-American to be performed on Broadway.  The actors in the premiere of A Raisin in the Sun included Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier and Lou Gossett Jr.

Hansberry died of cancer at 34 in 1965.  Petworth Library has mounted a display of works by and about Lorraine Hansberry, including:

Lorraine Hansberry: Playright and Voice of JusticeHansberry's DramaWriters of the Black Chicago RenaissanceA Raisin in the Sun










Lorraine Hansberry: Playwright and Voice of Justice
 by Catherine Sheader
Hansberry's Drama by Steven B. Carter
Writers of the Black Chicago Renaissance, edited by Steven C. Tracy
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry