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Lorraine Hansberry

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Artboard 1RACISMRACISMRACISMMama, Act IIIhere is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Sources:,, Chicago Public Library, Los Angeles Times, Playbill.comBEFRIENDSA Raisin in the Sunby the NumbersHansberrys age when she wrote A Raisin in The Sun29Performances in the plays first run, beginning in 1959530Year Hansberry (under an alias) wrote to a magazine about homophobia, revealing her lesbianism1957Year of the Hansberryscourt victory in Hansberry v. Lee 1940ThemesAuthorChicago native Hansberry paved the way for black playwrights and actors in professional theater. In Hansberry's childhood, her familys harassment in a white neighborhood led to a court case that helped end racially restrictive housing laws. Hansberry died from cancer just as she began to gain recognition.LORRAINE HANSBERRYExpectations & DreamsWalter and his mother and sisters work to break free of the expectations that define them.Race RelationsThe Youngers fight employment discrimination and early signs of gentrification.The Generation GapMamas traditional religious beliefs conflict with her progressive children's.Ruth Mother; Patient mother and cleaning womanTravis Son; Playful 10-year-old boyWalter Father; Ambitious chauffeur with business aspirationsMama Grandmother; Graceful family matriarchBeneatha Sister; Bright college student exploring African rootsDreams thrive despite struggle in the postWorld War II African American community. The Youngers, a Chicago family of five, long for life beyond domestic servitude. When Mama Younger gets a settlement check after her husbands death, the family debates how to use the money. Racial and family tensions lead to big change in a turbulent few weeks.Despite Obstacles, a Family HopesMAIN CHARACTERSLorraine Hansberry1959EnglishPlayAuthorFirst PerformedOriginal LanguageA Raisin in the SunDramaSymbolsMusicBlues and Nigerian folk songs reflect cultural heritage and history.Mamas PlantMamas love of gardening represents nature, caring, and hope.Beneathas HairBeneatha wears her natural hair to convey racial pride.

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