Lorraine Lansberry

This week on From the Vault, we celebrate the birthday of one of America’s most gifted playwrights, Lorraine Hansberry (born May 19, 1930).  At the age of 28, Hansberry became the youngest playwright (and first black dramatist) to win the 1958-1959 New York Drama Circle Critics Award for her play, A Raisin in the Sun; a year or so after winning the award, Hansberry paid a visit to Pacifica Radio WBAI in New York with fellow writing legends Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Alfred Kazin and Emile Capouya.   What transpired was an outstanding panel discussion on Black perceptions of the American setting in art, mainly literature and drama – and the historic Pacifica Radio recording, The Negro in American Cultu

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