This Day in Black History: Lorraine Hansberry is Born

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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.

Happy Birthday Ralph Ellison!

Ralph W. Ellison

Ralph W. Ellison

Ralph Ellison was born on this date in 1914. He was an American author, educator, and one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

Ralph Waldo Ellison was born in Oklahoma City and educated at Tuskegee Institute. His best-known work, “Invisible Man,” expounds the theme that American society willfully ignores Blacks. The novel was one of the first works to describe modern racial problems in the United States from a Black American point of view. It received the National Book Award for fiction in 1953. In his essay collections, “Shadow” and “Act and Going to the Territory,” Ellison addressed various aspects of American culture.

Read more about Ralph Ellison here.