• Born date: 1930-05-19
  • Born in: Chicago
  • Death date: 1965-01-12
  • Death in: New York city
Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an American playwright and writer. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone’s song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black".She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Her best known work, the play A Raisin in the Sun, highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago.

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