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June 16, 2023

How Author Lorraine Hansberry Inspires LGBTQ+ Writers

Ask students: Who is Lorraine Hansberry, and where did she grow up? Why is “A Raisin in the Sun” so significant in Hansberry’s career?

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This Pride Month, look at the story of Lorraine Hansberry, the playwright and civil rights activist who gave a new voice to countless marginalized artists who were women, Black and queer.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is Lorraine Hansberry?
  • According to journalist Ali Rogen, why is “A Raisin in the Sun” so significant in Hansberry’s career?
  • Where did Hansberry grow up?
  • How did Lorraine Hansberry’s father fight for better black housing?
  • What did Hansberry say to the six teenage winners of a national Creative Writing Contest?

Focus Questions

What is Lorraine Hansberry’s legacy? How did she give a new voice to countless marginalized artists who were women, Black and queer?

Media Literacy: Journalist Ali Rogin provides an overview of Hansberry’s life, including a description of her early life, greatest achievements and struggles. What other information would be helpful in understanding Hansberry’s impact on representation in the arts?

Extension Activity

On a blank piece of paper, write down a time that you felt represented in media. How did that moment make you feel? If you haven’t experienced a moment where you felt represented in media, write down how you think the media can be more inclusive of different identities.

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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