Lorraine Hansberry
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"Lorraine Vivian Hansberry" was an American playwright and writer. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black".

She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway theatre/Broadway. Her best known work, the play A Raisin in the Sun, highlights the lives of Black Americans living under Racial segregation in the United States/racial segregation in Chicago. Hansberry's family had struggled against segregation, challenging a restrictive covenant and eventually provoking the Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee. The title of the play was taken from the poem "Montage of a Dream Deferred/Harlem" by Langston Hughes: "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?"

After she moved to New York City, Hansberry worked at the Pan-Africanist newspaper Freedom, where she dealt with intellectuals such as Paul Robeson and W. E. B. Du Bois. Much of her work during this time concerned the African struggle for liberation and their impact on the world. Hansberry has been identified as a lesbian, and sexual freedom is an important topic in several of her works. She died of cancer at the age of 34.

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Children see things very well sometimes -- and idealists even better.

When you starts measuring somebody, measure him right...Make sure you done take into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got wherever he is.

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.

There is always something left to love. And if you haven't learned that, you ain't learned nothing.

Seems like God don't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams -- but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile.

[T]here is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture -- in front of us -- our own little mirage that we think is the future.

Take away the violence and who will hear the men of peace?

A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men -- and people in general.