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Lorraine Hansberry, American Masters (1959)

An American Masters interview by Studs Terkel of Lorraine Hansberry held on May 12, 1959, leading up to the opening of her award winning play, A Raisin in the Sun, on Broadway. Here Lorraine shares her views on race, her relationships with other noted Black writers of the time (James Baldwin, Richard Wright), and the coming of the progressive movement in the US, particularly through the eyes of the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun. In the last 10 minutes she also reads “Chicago: South Side Summers” an excerpt from her play, To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in her Own Words.