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The Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust oversees, grants permissions, and licenses the works of Lorraine Hansberry. LHLT also works with several agencies to manage the use of both published and unpublished materials. 

Lorraine Hansberry’s collected works include published plays, books, and acting editions of her plays; articles and essays; audio and video materials, including cast recordings, film and television productions, speeches, and radio and television interviews; as well as unpublished materials in the Lorraine Hansberry Papers housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The unpublished materials include playscripts, short stories, poems, and nonfiction writing including essays, lectures, speeches, and articles; photographs and artwork by and of Hansberry; and personal materials including diaries, journals, letters, autobiographical notes, and other ephemera.

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Media Contact

For information about the LHLT and Joi Gresham (interviews and public appearances) or for press materials, media requests, and questions about publicity, please contact the Director of Communications, Julie McGarvie

Licensing information

For information about the publishing and electronic rights of Lorraine Hansberry including to A Raisin in the Sun, The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window, Les Blancs, The Drinking Gourd, What Use Are Flowers?, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, or Raisin (The Musical), please contact the David Black Literary Agency.

For information about professional, stock, and amateur productions, and acting editions of A Raisin in the Sun, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Les Blancs, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, or Raisin (The Musical), please contact Samuel French, Inc. For information about first-class theatrical productions and foreign rights, please contact William Morris Endeavor, Theatre Department. 

For information about the books A Raisin in the Sun, A Raisin in the Sun and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays, or To Be Young, Gifted and Black, please contact Random House. For information about A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay, please contact Penguin/PlumeThe Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality was published by Simon & Schuster in 1964 but is currently out of print.

All images used on, unless otherwise noted, are from the private collection of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust; all rights are reserved and and use of the images is restricted.

LHLT is in the process of developing an approach to licensing that reflects our mission and values and that protects the integrity of the Hansberry vision. By necessity, this approach will be evolving in the coming months and all inquiries for rights and permission will be considered in this effort to follow our own guidelines.


Literary Representation

David Black Literary Agency
David Black
335 Adams Street, 27th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 852-5500
dblack (at)


Random House
Bette Graber
1745 Broadway 
New York, NY 10019
bgraber (at)

Permissions Department, Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2684
permissions (at)

Stage (Performance rights and Acting editions)

Concord Theatricals
Abbie Van Nostrand
235 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
(212) 206-1885
abbie.vannostrand (at)

Theatrical (First-class productions and Foreign stage rights)

William Morris Endeavor
Jonathan Lomma
11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 903-1552
JDL (at)


Director of Communications
Julie McGarvie
(612) 644-9650 
julie.mcgarvie (at)