Bigelow Overview The continent of Africa, the second largest on the globe, is bisected by the equator and bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east by the Indian Ocean. Roughly the shape of an inverted triangle—with a large bulge on its northwestern end and a small horn on its eastern tip—it contains 52 countries and six islands that, together, make up about Africa is essentially a huge plateau divided naturally into two sections. Northern Africa, a culturally and historically Mediterranean region, includes the Sahara desert—the world's largest expanse of desert, coming close to the size of the United States.
I am producing, along with my wife and filmmaking partner, Tracy Heather Strain, and filmmaker Jamila Wignot, a documentary about another literary giant who had a song to sing—artist and activist Lorraine Hansberry, best known for writing the play A Raisin in the Sun.
While Angelou and Hansberry were contemporaries and connected to similar circles of friends and colleagues, there is little information of them meeting.
Louis—and they both found their way to New York City in the s. That was in Four years later, at age 34, Hansberry died of cancer during the run of her second Broadway play.
One can only imagine how the lives of these two great writers might have intertwined had Hansberry lived longer. During their time, however, they both changed the world through the power of their words and commitment to social justice.
It a major part of our Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, a nonfiction transmedia storytelling initiative. Still, I feel like a Hansberry neophyte. That experience was the seed that led to her becoming a filmmaker.
When Tracy asked me to join her on this journey, I, like many people, had read the play or seen the movie of A Raisin in the Sun, but knew little of its author. What I have learned is that Lorraine Hansberry has much more to tell us that just what she wrote in that play. Hansberry was a courageous and outspoken artist and activist at a time when women were meant to be content to support the aspirations of their husbands.
There have been a few, including yourself, but not many. Lorraine was a left-wing radical.
Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free Hansberry rebelled against the categories people wanted to impose on her art and her life. Her sudden fame gave her a platform to reach thousands with her uncompromising public calls for social justice, gender equality and an end to racial discrimination.
She took her voice and put it on a stage for us all to hear. She made a difference. A Raisin in the Sun is one of the most read plays in secondary schools, colleges and universities.
My brother has been teaching high school English for 20 years, and includes A Raisin in the Sun in his 10th grade curriculum.
The play also forces the audience to think about universal connections to family, and what it means to take responsibility and become a man. Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising model, so our entire goal must be raised, or the project receives none of the money already pledged.
Help us share her voice with new generations:MODERN ERA Much of Africa's land is unsuitable for agricultural use and, therefore, is largely uninhabited. Over the centuries, severe drought and periods of war and famine have left many African nations in a state of agricultural decline and impoverishment.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is a remarkable play written in by an African American author about an African American family.
This time period was in the early days of the modern awakening of civil rights awareness. With one's voice, you can fight anything you want to fight.
Randall MacLowry is fighting to tell the story of Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun. Exploring the American Dream with A Raisin in the Sun Overview In this lesson, students will discuss the concept of the “American Dream” and using poetry by Langston Hughes, will compare the “dream” to the reality experienced by particular groups who have historically struggled for access and equality.
Arguably the first play to portray black characters, themes, and conflicts in a natural and realistic manner, A Raisin in the Sun received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the Year.
Hansberry was the youngest playwright, the fifth woman, and the only black writer at that point to win the award. Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; The idea for the poem came as she was travelling to attend a ball.
On her way to the celebration, there was a young woman dressed in black sitting across the aisle from her.