Lorraine Hansberry: Dreamer Supreme

Lorraine Hansberry: Dreamer Supreme

Christopher Paul Moore, Senior Researcher, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York speaks about the legacy of Lorraine Hansberry. As part of the New York Public Library Blog, Christopher Paul Moore makes a connection between the line the 1951 Langston Hughes poem “Harlem”— What becomes of a dream deferred? /Does it dry up /like a raisin in the sun?— that would become the title of Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry, herself, who was, as Moore says, a dreamer supreme.

The Lorraine Hansberry Papers are held at the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division, of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture. The collection is a remarkably thorough record of family, personal, and professional papers and letters, manuscripts, photographs, and artwork documenting her entire life as an artist, activist, and public intellectual.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 
Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801

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Collage of images from the Lorraine Hansberry Papers, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Monday, March 3, 2014