This Day in Black History: Lorraine Hansberry is Born

From the African American Registry

Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry was born on this date in 1930. She was an African-American writer and activist for equal rights for Blacks.

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was born in Chicago, the daughter of Nannie Perry Hansberry and Carl A. Hansberry, both active proponents of civil rights. Hansberry’s father worked with the NAACP and the Urban League to challenge segregation. and he ran for Congress through his His attempt to break down the barriers of racism continued in the political arena when he ran for Congress.

Lorraine graduated from high school and then attended the University of Wisconsin, but left after two years, in 1950, to move to New York City. She became an associate editor in the New York City based newspaper, Freedom, a radical black paper founded by Paul Robeson.

In 1953, she married Jewish writer Robert Nemiroff, a songwriter and music publisher, and resigned from her position at the newspaper.

Hansberry wrote many articles and essays on racism, homophobia, world peace, and other social issues, but she was a playwright and best known for her play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” which was made into a motion picture in 1961.

Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett Sculptor Dies At 96

Mexico Obit Elizabeth Catlett

Sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett

Sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett, a U.S. expatriate renowned for her dignified portrayals of African-American and Mexican women and who was barred from her home country for political activism during the McCarthy era, has died. She was 96.

She was known for her commitment to winning greater rights for blacks, women and workers in the United States and her adopted country. Catlett witnessed almost every important artistic and social movement of the 20th century and traveled in some of the same illustrious circles as the great American artist Jacob Lawrence and poet Langston Hughes.

Read more about Catlett here.