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Unknown photographer: Lorraine Hansberry
Unknown photographer. Dramatist Lorraine Hansberry at the time of her play A Raisin in the Sun opening in New Haven, Connecticut, prior to its run on Broadway, 1959. Gelatin silver print. Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Courtesy of Estate of Jewell H. Gresham Nemiroff

Herstory Talk: Kathlene McDonald on Lorraine Hansberry

December 5, 2013

6:00–6:00 p.m.

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

Playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s writings emerged from the World War II and 1950s feminist community that paved the way for the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Kathlene McDonald , Associate Professor of English at City College of New York, traces these influences by looking at Hansberry’s nonfiction essays and letters to The Ladder. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry's Letters to "The Ladder," this talk provides a “twice militant” framework for reading Hansberry’s plays.