Lorraine Vivian Hansberry

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry

*As the first African American woman playwright to have her play, “A Raisin in the Sun,”  produced on Broadway, Lorraine Hansberry demonstrated that she was indeed a force with a bright future.

And at the age of 29, she won the coveted New York Drama Critics Circle Award and catapulted to fame in 1959; but her life was cut short by a bout with pancreatic cancer, to which she succumbed in 1962.

Though she met fellow writer Robert Nemiroff at a rally in New York where they were both protesting segregated sports – and married him a year later – few may know that the writer actually struggled with her sexuality, a point that was revealed in letters she wrote to a  magazine clandestine in nature at the time.

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