Book Review: Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past and PresentHer parents were educated and successful, and publicly fought discrimination against black people. During this era, Northern states had no official policy of segregation, but they were generally self-segregated along racial and economic lines. In , Hansberry left college to pursue writing in New York, including working on the staff of Freedom , a black newspaper. The production of her play A Raisin in the Sun catapulted her to the forefront of the theater world. Her promising career was cut short when she died from cancer in , at the age of thirty-four. Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago. In , she left college to pursue writing in New York, including working on the staff of Freedom , a black newspaper.
To be young, gifted and Black : Lorraine Hansberry in her own words
After her death in , Hansberry's ex-husband and friend, songwriter and poet Robert Nemiroff, collated her unpublished writings and adapted them into a stage play that first ran from to off Broadway. It was then converted into an equally successful autobiography with the same title. The play was adapted from Lorraine's letters, interviews, and journal entries. It begins at the start of Lorraine's life, highlighting her early childhood in a Chicago ghetto to her college years and then later life, including the creation and inspiration for A Raisin in the Sun. Her journey from Chicago to New York was complicated by obstacles she overcame in order to get her play on Broadway and incorporates fragments of her personal life, such as her marriage and involvement in politics e. The play concludes with her battle with terminal illness, from which she eventually died at The play was well received and was one of the most successful plays off-Broadway during the — season.
All travelers to my city should ride from To Be Young, Gifted the elevated trains that race along the and Black back ways of Chicago. The lives you can look into! I think you could find the tempo of my people on their back porches. The honesty of their living is there in the Chicago: South Side Summers shabbiness. Scrubbed porches that sag and look their danger. Dirty gray wood 1. And always a line of white and pink For some time now -- I think since I clothes scrubbed so well, waving in the was a child--I have been possessed of the dirty wind of the city.