Lorraine Hansberry at her desk at Freedom magazine, 1952. Photographer unknown. From 1951–1953, Hansberry worked in Harlem at the weekly black newspaper, Freedom, founded by Paul Robeson and Louis E. Burnham. At the newspaper, Hansberry started as a “subscription clerk, receptionist, typist and editorial assistant” in addition to writing news articles and editorials. She soon became associate editor, working closely with Louis Burnham, who became her mentor.