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Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an American playwright and author. Hansberry grew up in an environment that set the stage, so to speak, for her best-known work — A Raisin in the Sun, the first play to be written by an African-American woman that was brought to Broadway.
She wrote political essays and worked for the African-American magazine Freedom. Hansberry was also part of and wrote for the Daughters of Bilitis magazine The Ladder, mostly articles on social issues of race and gender.
At the age of 29, Hansberry became the youngest American and the first African-American playwright to win the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Read More→