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Echoes From Literature: Lorraine Hansberry Free Poster

Born in 1930 to a middle-class Black family, Lorraine Hansberry grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Her parents were prominent members of their community and regularly met with key civil rights figures of the time, including W. E. B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson. In 1937, her family moved to an upper-class white neighborhood, sparking violent outrage among its residents. As hostilities grew, Hansberry’s father challenged Illinois laws concerning housing discrimination in the landmark Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee. Hansberry would use her experiences during this violent time as inspiration for her groundbreaking 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun. With this play, Hansberry became the first Black female playwright to have a show performed on Broadway. Remind your students to take time to think critically with this free poster featuring a quote from A Raisin in the Sun.


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