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Lorraine Hansberry Interview, May 8, 1959

Lorraine Hansberry

Neo-Griot cross-posted a 1959 interview of Lorraine Hansberry where she discusses, in no uncertain terms, the role of the black artist in the civil rights movement, critical praise for her play A Raisin in the Sun (and critique of the praise as only conferred upon her because she is a “Negro playwright”), and the role art plays in movement-making.

In honor of the 81st anniversary of the birth of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, on May 19th, 2011, above is the audio of a May 8, 1959 interview of Lorraine Hansberry by Mike Wallace who asks her some very socially relevant questions about aspirations of the Negro middle class and Black Nationalism. This interview is available on the LORRAINE HANSBERRY AUDIO COLLECTION…

(Original post by Rhone Fraser)

Along with being a dynamic interview with a young genius, this is prime course material for lessons on black history, black studies, black art, movement art, arts activism, black women artists, and more. Hansberry died of cancer on January 12, 1965 at the age of 34.