Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Black History Month
Today's history-maker is Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, both the youngest American playwright and the first black American to win a New York Critics' Circle Award for the Broadway hit "A Raisin in the Sun." It's a story of a black family trying to make it in a Chicago suburb, similar to Lorraine's family's experiences with trying to live in a white neighborhood.
She started off as a progressive feminist writer (my hero) and anti-homophobia writer. She was also a strong civil rights activist, meeting with then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy to discuss racism.
Unfortunately, this amazing and passionate woman died far too young at age 34 from pancreatic cancer.
You can learn more about her and other black innovators and artists on the Black in History Tumblr page.